New Confederate license plates available in Georgia

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 18, 2014 

If you live in Georgia and you want or need a new license plate and if you don't much like the raised letters that come standard, you can instead fit your vehicle with the digital image of "a beautiful Confederate battle flag," the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced Tuesday.

"The new design of the SCV’s special license plate features a much more prominent logo of the organization with larger stars and a beautiful Confederate battle flag image in the background and covering the entire size of the plate," the group said in a release. "Additionally, the plate features a gold frame with the words 'Sons of Confederate Veterans' displayed where the county name was previously featured on the plates. ...

"The design for the new plate previously submitted by the SCV also featured the carving on Stone Mountain, the largest Confederate monument in existence."

This isn't the first custom-designed SCV plate. Just the newest, approved by the state's Department of Revenue on Feb. 1. As Creative Loafing notes, that's 12 years after the battle flag was removed from the state flag "in what was widely considered a long overdue move."

(In case you didn't know, the controversy around Confederate imagery and memorability arises from their historic connection to the Southern side of the Civil War, fought to preserve the states' primacy over the federal government — namely, the South's ability to continue enslaving people. Or as the SCV explains, "The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South’s decision to fight the second War for Independence.")

The AJC asked Gov. Deal about it earlier. “I hadn’t heard that so I don’t know anything about it. I’ll have to talk to them about it. I had no information in advance about it," Deal said.

Anyway, if you get the license plate, "a financial contribution of $10 from the tag fee is made to the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to promote Southern Heritage through educational activities and preservation efforts around the state."

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