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    Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates

    Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates
    Updated: Friday, 11 Nov 2011, 7:41 AM EST
    Published : Friday, 11 Nov 2011, 7:41 AM EST

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    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas drivers lost their bid to get the Confederate battle flag added to specialty license plates, with an overwhelming rejection by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Houston Chronicle reported.

    The unanimous vote came during an emotional DMV board meeting Thursday, during which several African-Americans said that they associate the Confederate flag with bondage and brutality and noted that hate groups -- including the Ku Klux Klan -- still use it.

    Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) also warned that putting the flag on license plates could reopen painful scars and trigger violence, according to the report.

    The Sons of Confederate Veterans wanted the plates to commemorate relatives who fought under the flag during the Civil War. The group is likely to file a lawsuit, Texas division commander Granvel Block said.

    The DMV board was deadlocked 4-4 when the application first came up in April, but Thursday's decision came just weeks after Gov. Rick Perry -- who is running for the US presidency -- expressed opposition to the proposal while on the campaign trail. All of the board members were appointed by Perry.



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    I always associate this symbol as a symbol of hate. Comparable to the swastika. This is a good thing that it was voted down.
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    There was and is still just as much hatred in the north as there is in the south. Our history confirms this. If a yankee thought nothing of hanging a black person in his own back yard what is the "glory" in the fact that the victim was not a slave? Hipocracy has always been a strong force in the foundation of this country. The Dixie flag is not a symbol of hatred any more than the American flag is and this nation killed many more people in this country and the world under "Old Glory" than the flag of Dixie ever did.
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    I do not think the confederate flag is a symbol of hatred,slavery or something only ignorant hillbillies and rednecks fly.The people who make assumptions that its a symbol of racism,slavery or hatred are just being being ignorant and bigoted themselves. I believe that the only flag an American should be flying is the American flag,so that is my only issue with the confederate flag. So in a sense I see this no different than someone wanting a Mexican,Irish,British or some other nationality flag on their American license plate.
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    Re: Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I do not think the confederate flag is a symbol of hatred,slavery or something only ignorant hillbillies and rednecks fly.The people who make assumptions that its a symbol of racism,slavery or hatred are just being being ignorant and bigoted themselves. I believe that the only flag an American should be flying is the American flag,so that is my only issue with the confederate flag. So in a sense I see this no different than someone wanting a Mexican,Irish,British or some other nationality flag on their American license plate.
    I never thought of it that way, but that is an excellent point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    I always associate this symbol as a symbol of hate. Comparable to the swastika. This is a good thing that it was voted down.
    I have a 5'x8' Confederate flag on my wall. I don't have it as a symbol of racism, hatred, etc. (although most people assume that's what it means). I have it because my family fought in the Civil War.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    I have a 5'x8' Confederate flag on my wall. I don't have it as a symbol of racism, hatred, etc. (although most people assume that's what it means). I have it because my family fought in the Civil War.
    Ironically, war is about hatred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    Ironically, war is about hatred.
    I don't hate the Union. That's not what the flag stands for, to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    I don't hate the Union. That's not what the flag stands for, to me.
    I understand it's a memorial to your relatives, for you. Personally, I'd hang up a family tree.
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    Re: Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    I have a 5'x8' Confederate flag on my wall. I don't have it as a symbol of racism, hatred, etc. (although most people assume that's what it means). I have it because my family fought in the Civil War.
    If your family is like most families during that time, you probably had family on both sides.

    As far as the license plates go, if you want to show your political beliefs on your car, that's what bumper stickers are for. Unless there's going to be license plates for every view, there shouldn't be plates for any of them.


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    Re: Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates

    The most racist place in the country I've witnessed is Boston, Mass. People of different ethnicities barely look each other in the eye.

    But you go to Jackson, Miss., and black and white people are talking and eating together like it's nothing. Now, they don't tend to live in the same areas, true, but they don't avoid each other whatsoever during their daily lives.

    The hypocrisy of the "enlightened" north is truly disturbing.

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