The State of Georgia recently approved a specialty license plate that includes the Confederate flag and the words "Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896."
The new $80 license plate was designed by the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and approved by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, notes the Christian Science Monitor.
"By sanctioning the plate, they are not saying they agree with our organization, they're just saying it's a level playing field," Ray McBerry, of the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
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"We believe that everyone has the right to preserve their heritage," insisted McBerry. "Southerners have as much right to be proud of their heritage as anybody else."
However, McBerry's claims did not soothe Southerners who oppose the symbol used by the Confederacy (which fought for slavery) and racist segregation supporters in the 1950's.
"To display this is reprehensible," stated Maynard Eaton, a spokesman for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. "We don’t have license plates saying 'Black Power.'"
North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi also have license plates that include the Confederate flag.