New Georgia tag features confederate flag

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Updated: 2/19 3:13 pm Published: 2/19 2:41 pm

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and others who see it as racially charged.

The Georgia division of The Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate. Its old one had a small Confederate battle flag. The new one features an additional, larger image in the background that covers the entire plate.

A group spokesman says it means no offense and people have a right to commemorate their heritage.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the state shouldn't have sanctioned the move and calls displaying the emblem "reprehensible."

Gov. Nathan Deal says he was unaware of the plate.

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citrus - 2/20/2014 3:32 AM
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Antebellum southern culture cannot be separated from slavery, as slavery was part and parcel of that culture. The case could be well be made that slavery made the culture possible.

Unwashed Mass - 2/19/2014 9:32 PM
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While we're talking ignorance... these have been around for years, and no one is being forced to buy them. St. Andrews Cross dates back to the time of Jesus, so it has historical context that goes way beyond the four years of the Confederacy.

halloweddweeb - 2/19/2014 4:52 PM
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Why do you want to celebrate a heritage of loss, stupidity, and ignorance? France doesn't commemorate is losses and failures with flags and celebration and pride. Why would we? FAIL! None of the people who fight (and got beat) is alive today. Let that ignorance only remain in text books and not on public display.
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