Requests for Confederate plates see uptick amid debate

Posted June 26, 2015

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— As the General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory work out how to stop issuing license plates depicting the Confederate battle flag, the number of requests for the plates saw a slight increase this week.

According to the state Department of Transportation, 33 people were waiting on plates with the emblem of the Sons of Confederate Veterans as of Thursday, compared with two or three last week. The uptick comes after a McCrory spokesman said Tuesday that "the time is right" to stop issuing the license plates.

Debate over Confederate imagery has intensified in Southern states after nine people were shot and killed at a Bible study meeting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., last week. Authorities charged a 21-year-old white supremacist, who posed in online photos with both the Confederate battle flag and patches of apartheid South Africa and white-controlled Rhodesia, with the shootings.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called Monday for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds in Columbia, S.C. The governor of Alabama ordered the flags taken down at his state capitol's Confederate memorial, and Mississippi lawmakers are exploring the removal of the battle flag image from that state's flag.

In North Carolina, there are 2,064 Sons of Confederate Veterans plates currently on the road.

DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said they're not actually meant for the general public but are intended for members of SCV. It's one of 12 types of "civic club" plates available from the state Division of Motor Vehicles featuring the official emblems of each associated group.


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  • Raleigh Rose Jun 29, 2015
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    I am a Southerner, but it is time for the flag to go. Your ancestors, and my ancestors fought to keep people as slaves. Taking the flag off govt grounds won't solve racism, but will go a long way to heal wounds still left on our country. The way of life and state's rights they were fighting for were the rights to own other people. And they were wrong. Here is part of the secession statement from Texas. Read this, or ones from other states, and tell me again the war wasn't about slavery.

    "We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable. "

  • Joseph Shepard Jun 28, 2015
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    Far too many people are showing their kneejerk reactions to a flag that actually is misnamed and misrepresented. The 'Confederate Flag" that has people so upset is NOT the Confederate Flag but the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. And if the simple minded liberals/Blacks/Socialists think that removing that flag will automatically produce a utopian society, well, I have some land for sale down in Florida.; Being Southern, and being proud of our ancestors who fought for what they believed was right is not dependent on that flag. Being Southern is a state of being, a mind set, a shared set of values and beliefs that will not be erased by cries of racism, or hatred, or boycotts, or marches. Being Southern does not mean that we still cling to the old status of slavery, or any desire to return to that status. That idea is the property of those who wish to perpetuate the idea of slavery and the current idea of "vicitimiztion". In short, modern day Black racists

  • Todd Whitmer Jun 27, 2015
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    I guess having an open dialogue gets thrown out the window. If your "heritage" is one that was based on slavery, treating other human beings as property and several more disgusting acts of barbarism, you may want to check your values system.

    I too am from a southern family, it is simply time to put this horrible truth about our past away. You don't have to forget it, how could we? Many slaves took the names of their masters, there's your heritage.

  • Norman Lewis Jun 27, 2015
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    Recent attempts to obliterate our Southern heritage I believe are attempts to pander to the "minority voters" by the Democratic party to head off the inevitable debacle at the polls that is coming in 2016 for them. Equating the Confederacy and the soldiers that fought for it as being only to support slavery is very wrong. Slavery was part of the Southern heritage but not all of it. Most Southerners did NOT own slaves. Confederate soldiers fought for the right of their State to handle its own affairs as determined by the voters of that state, something our current Federal government is working hard to eliminate as a choice.

  • Charlie Watkins Jun 27, 2015
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    Seems everyone wants me to feel guilty about being a proud son of North Carolina. My ancestors fought for the Great State of North Carolina and I take pride that they stood firm and strong.

    My ancestors also fought in the Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

    No, I will not go on a guilt trip over their service.

  • Roger Connor Jun 27, 2015
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    Since the Sons of the Confederacy are a legitimate group, just like the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rotary Club, the Masons, and a whole host of other special interest hobbies and clubs, that have the privilege of obtaining a license plate with their special logo, in my opinion, they should be able to continue getting their logo on the plate. If it annoys or offends someone, that's not their problem, it's the person who is taking offense that does NOT understand. The organization is NOT racist, and in fact does have black members. And contrary to the liberal attempt to re-write history, yes, there were black units in the Confederacy; no, the Civil War was NOT just about slavery.

  • Pat Demby Jun 27, 2015
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    People proud of their heritage and ancestors?

    Perhaps you need to revisit the history books, being racist was not a prerequisite to fighting for the Confederacy. In fact, there was way more to the Civil War than slavery.

    Any person of reasonable intelligence can see selectively trying to erase history is a slippery, dangerous slope to tread on. As the Southern ladies say, bless your heart.

  • Josh Anderson Jun 26, 2015
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    You could always go back up North. At least you'd be away from these folk...Just a thought.

  • Dolly Butler Jun 26, 2015
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    One positive about allowing people to put the confederate flag on their license plate is that we will know who these people are

  • Robert Batchelor Jun 26, 2015
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    I am amazed at what this country has become. Next they will want to be tearing down the Confederate cemertaries and making parking lots. Just no repect for our history. That is a crying shame.