Georgia License Plates: Confederate Flag Controversy

By: Toni Matthews-El - February 19, 2014

Georgia is at the heart of a new controversy after state officials approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag.

The specialty plates were requested by the Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Their previous plate featured a small battle flag. The new plates feature a larger version of the flag in the background.

The new license plates have angered civil rights groups, who view the flag as a throwback to the racially-charged past of the South.

“To display this is reprehensible,” declared Maynard Eaton, the spokesman for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

“We don’t have license plates saying ‘Black Power.’”

According to Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman, Ray McBerry, there was absolutely no intent to offend anyone. It was merely meant to be an homage to their proud Southern past.

Said McBerry, “Southerners have as much right to be proud of their heritage as anybody else.”

When asked about the plates, Gov. Nathan Deal said that he wasn’t even aware of them. In a comment on Tuesday, Deal said, “I’ll have to talk to them about it. I had no information in advance about it.”

If residents of Georgia wish to buy the plates it will cost $80; $10 of the fee will be paid to the directed to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. With the money that will be earned from the sales of the plates, the group says it intends promote Southern heritage through educational activities and preservation efforts.

The use of the Confederate flag continues to be a source of division throughout much of the Southern United States, especially for African-Americans, who associate the flag with slavery and Jim Crow legislation.

It’s likely the symbolic nature of the Confederate will continue to be controversial, regardless of whether or not the state of Georgia continues to make the specialty plates available.

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • Bill Martin

    If anything or anyone is reprehensible it is Maynard Eaton. None of his business
    and if he wanted a “Black Power” license plate I am sure he would request one.
    Just another useless fool representing a useless organization.

  • fuck ignorance

    the civil war was about the union breaking into two country states nothing to do with racism only the union saying the south can’t break off as its independent country there goes the constitution or was the british treaty really the end back in 1812 or so? uprise reclaim your states from these monsters who have stole our government…

    • Buck Rodgers

      I can only say that I’m deeply disappointed in the 21st Century. I’m tired of the “trickle-down” mentality the grips our society here in the U.S. I’m also tired of “you’re hurting my feelings, so you’re going to have to take the bad thing away” attitudes. I’m a 59 yr. young white male, and have the greatest black son-in-law, as well as nephew-in-laws-and pleased to mention wonderful grandkids, and great neices, nephews through these outstanding unions of love, honor, and respect.

  • Muriel Katt

    well i will tell you, if you like it buy it . if you dont like it dont buy it. its not on all of the states plates is it???