Confederate Flag To Appear On New Ga. Car Plates

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email
Georgia officials are releasing a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate.

Source | Georgia Department of Revenue, http://motor.etax.dor.ga.gov/

"It's one of those symbols that kind of brings back memories, and not pleasant memories," said Alexis Bell.

Bell is the Valdosta State NAACP President. She is referring to a specialty license plate featuring the confederate battle flag drivers can now purchase at the Georgia DMV.

"I'm from the south, born and raised in the south but that doesn't make me feel more southern seeing that on there, it just reminds me of what it represents in that time in history," said Bell.

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that the state issue the new plates. They say its an extension of a plate that was created about 10 years ago, and isn't meant to represent any kind of racism.

"The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a historical organization," said Randy Young, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"It's based on family genealogy and the fact that people who are members of it have confirmed ancestors that fought as part of the confederacy during the war," said Young.

Southern Christian leadership Conference President and CEO Charles Steele, Jr. believes the plate sends the wrong message.

"With that particular issue of the confederacy, that's something that's apart of history and it should stay in history. It's inhumane, it's incentive and we shouldn't have it, shouldn't allow it and we aren't going to tolerate it," said Steele.

"It's a controversial symbol, and I understand that," said Young. "I've always understood that, but if it's used in the right way, I don't have a problem with it, but a lot of folks don't."

WCTV also contacted the office of the Georgia Governor on this issue, which released a statement saying Nathan Deal would give no official comment.


Associated Press News Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia officials are releasing a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB) that Georgia's new plate has fueled a clash between those who believe the battle flag honors Confederate heritage and others who view it as a racially charged symbol of oppression.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton tells the newspaper that state should not have sanctioned the move and calls displaying the battle emblem "reprehensible."

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that the state issue the new plates. A spokesman says it meant no offense and that people have a right to commemorate their heritage.

Gov. Nathan Deal tells the paper that the new license plate was a surprise to him.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com


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