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Advocates call on McCrory to end Confederate license plates

Posted July 23, 2015

— Advocacy groups plan to deliver a petition to Gov. Pat McCrory Thursday morning calling on him to use his executive authority to halt the sale of North Carolina license plates bearing the Confederate flag.

Sponsors of the movement say the petition with more than 13,000 signatures will be delivered at 10 a.m. to the governor's office in the old Capitol building,

McCrory said he wants to stop issuing the plates, which have been given to more than 2,000 Sons of Confederate Veterans. But he says he thinks the law requires him to wait for General Assembly approval. At the same time, legislative leaders say it is the governor's decision.

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles received a high volume of requests for the specialty plates in June. Officials said DMV processed about nine months worth of orders in less than 10 days.

McCrory also has to make a decision on a monuments bill passed this week that has drawn criticism for its protection of Confederate memorials.

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  • William Wall Jul 23, 2015
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    I for one find several of the Plates NC offers offensive. All the Fraternities and Sororities I find Offensive for they are known for underage drinking.How about the plate for UNC-Chapel Hill which is now embroiled in the biggest academic/athletic scandal in modern history. All these are plates that I find offensive, yet do I go out and get signatures to have them removed. It would be rather easy to gather 13,000 signatures of other persons who find these offensive. But, like normal people we can look the other way and not whine and play the minority role of "Offended". This is absurd, this is classic case of a minority of dummies trying to force their wants on the majority.

  • NC Native Jul 23, 2015
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    Sounds good to me. It doesn't matter to me either way. If I'm proud to display my heritage, there are plenty of ways that I can still do it that no one can take away from me. Those that are upset that they may not be on license plates anymore? Go buy an 8' flag and attach it to your trailer hitch if you have one. No one's stopping you. Plus, you'll be able to see it from both directions, a 1/4 mile away.

  • Dean Logan Jul 23, 2015
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    Hey, I think it should be against the law to have a non-state college adorn the state license plate, no matter the state. Hear! Hear!

  • Roger Way Jul 23, 2015
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    Well, let's deal. Remove EVERY special interest license plate tag and I'll go along with this. Discrimination is wrong regardless of who is in control and THIS is discrimination. All or nothing - America!

  • NC Native Jul 23, 2015
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    Again, no one is demanding anyone "get rid" of this heritage. This particular request is simply to ask for it to be removed by state issued license plates. Even Texas of all places stopped doing it.

  • Johan Summer Jul 23, 2015
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    If someone gets close enough to see that small flag - they should be ticketed for tailgating. If you don't like it, don't look at it.

  • Dwight Fields Jul 23, 2015
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    What advocacy groups WRAL? If you are going to demand one group of people get rid of something that is their heritage then that group has a right to know who is behind this. The United States of the Offended. That is as much of history as anything and IF this fine education we have in North Carolina would teach the facts instead of half-truths then people might not be so offended.

  • Karen Phillips Jul 23, 2015
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    If the people it offended would stop tailgating the license plate wouldn't bother them.

  • Dana McCall Jul 23, 2015
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    Those license plates honor soldiers from one of this country's wars; just as are to do for veterans of Vietnam or any other war.

  • Kenneth Anderson Jul 23, 2015
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    Hey Vinnie, None of your tax dollars go toward any Specialty plate. The plates are paid for by the purchaser, not the tax payer.

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