Georgia Releases Specialty License Plate Featuring Confederate Flag, Uproar Ensues

Georgia has redesigned a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag, and like every time the stars and bars are displayed, the Civil War’s bitter divide comes to boil. We’re not sure how anyone in the Georgia Department of Revenue didn’t see the controversy coming, particularly since the state itself removed the Confederate symbol from the Georgia flag in 2001.

The $80 plate partially sponsors the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group open to male descendants who perform battle reenactments and other historical documents. The new Georgia plate features a faded overlay of the flag as the plate’s background, along with the group’s emblem on the left (with a brighter, more compact flag) and the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans” across the bottom. The SCV has plates approved in three other states including Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina.

As usual, allegations of racism and intolerance are being thrown out, as is the typical defense of preserving Southern heritage. Only 439 SCV plates were registered in the last two years prior to this redesign, and another 35 are on order for the new design, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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We’ll likely see more shouting next year when both sides mark the 150-year anniversary of the end of the nation’s bloodiest battle.

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