NAACP Praises Texas DMV Board’s Rejection of Racially Offensive License Plate Design

The NAACP praised the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board’s unanimous decision to reject a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag. The board voted 8-0 to reject the license plate design, with one member absent. The Texas NAACP State Conference has been outspoken against the license plate.

“The Confederate flag is a visual representation of a time and a place where racism was openly flaunted and people of color were terrorized for being different,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous. “It is a stubbornly persistent symbol of hatred that does not belong in a government-sponsored public setting. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board made the right call today. Hopefully others in South Carolina and elsewhere will follow their example.”

“I am pleased to see that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board has made the decision to reject this symbol of racism, repression, violence and slavery,” stated Texas NAACP State Conference President Gary Bledsoe, who testified at the November 10 Department of Motor Vehicles hearing. “The groups most closely associated with this symbol are white supremacy organizations that have historically sought to intimidate people of color. The flag has never flown officially over the state of Texas, and this decision confirms the notion that it has no place in Texas today.”

The license plate would have featured the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which includes an image of the Confederate battle flag. Texas state law allows the Board to deny a specialty plate design if it is offensive to any member of the public.

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