Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, Republican, is standing behind a confederate flag state license plate that was proposed earlier this month by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"Hopefully those who take offense at it will look at the fact that it is part of a cultural heritage of our state," Deal told Channel 11 yesterday (video below).
When Deal was asked if the confederate plate might hurt Georgia's image, he replied, "I don't think so, I mean it is one of many specialty plates that we have that are supportive of a variety of organizations and causes, so I don't think that it is something that we should be so concerned about."
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Deal made no mention of the fact that the Confederate flag was carried by Southern soldiers who fought in the Civil War for the South's right to keep slaves.
Deal also failed to mention that the Confederate flag was used in the 1950s and 1960s as a symbol against desegregation.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Sons of Confederate Veterans includes racial extremists, one of whom claimed, “There is no difference between the invasion of France by Hitler and the invasion of the Southern states by Lincoln.”