License Plate in Georgia Has Confederate Flag
New specialty plate raises old debate over heritage vs. offensiveness
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2014 6:00 PM CST
In this image released by the Georgia Department of Revenue, a new Georgia car tag is shown.    (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged. The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design, and the Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved it. The group's old plate had a small Confederate battle flag. The new one features an additional, larger image in the background that covers the entire plate.

Spokesman Ray McBerry said the group meant no offense and views the plates as a way for people to honor their heritage. "We believe that everyone has the right to preserve their heritage," he said. "Southerners have as much right to be proud of their heritage as anybody else." But Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the state shouldn't have sanctioned the move. "To display this is reprehensible," Eaton said. "We don't have license plates saying, 'Black Power.'" North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi also have specialty license tags that include the flag. Texas rejected an application to issue one on the grounds that it could offend some.

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Wendy Barnes
Feb 20, 2014 11:32 PM CST
If someone wants a black power license plate, they can spell it out phonetically on a personalized license plate. Or go through the petition process to have the state issue one. That would not bother me one bit. Nor does the Confederate flag bother me. It is part of our history, like it or not. I am going to hate this society if we have to remove everything that offends just 1 person from sight. Free speech is not measured by if it offends some person or group in the USA. Yet.
Feb 20, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Since it is OK to put a Confederate Battle flag on a license plate, the flag they carried into battle, not the flag of the Confederate States, why not have a "Colored Only" license plate, which is the heritage of most of the people of color in the South? If you couldn't attend a decent school, drink out of a "whites only" water fountain, use a "whites only" bathroom, buy a sandwich while traveling, sit at a lunch counter, you do not understand what this all means.
Feb 20, 2014 10:44 AM CST
It's ok to fly the Mexican flag (no one dares to complain) but not the Confederate flag -