A new license plate available in the state of Georgia has sparked controversy, prompting everyone from residents to civil rights activists to sound off.
For an extra fee, Georgia drivers can sport the Confederate battle flag on their license plate. The specialty plate is a new design that has the flag more prominently displayed. Sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a portion of the fee supports their mission of "honoring Southern heritage through educational activities and preservation efforts around the state."
According to the Sons of Confederate Veterans website, "the plate features a gold frame with the words 'Sons of Confederate Veterans' displayed where the county name was previously featured on the plates." Other states like Alabama, Mississippiand North Carolina also have similar options for license plates. Not everyone, however, agrees that the symbol should be on a state-issued license plate.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO Charles Steele and Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesperson Ray McBerry explain why the flag is an important symbol to both groups.