The removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse has sparked a necessary movement throughout the United States. The negative representation that the flag promotes has been present long before Dylan Roof planted himself inside the bible study session of a historic Black church before taking the lives of several in attendance and long before modern-day superwoman Bree Newsome climbed up the South Carolina statehouse flag pole to remove the flag herself, but the importance of the rest of America finally catching up to why it should be outlawed in this country is still a step in the right direction.
Hot on the heels of the removal of the flag from the SC Statehouse and a ruling in Texas deeming that the presence of the flag license plates is a representation of the state’s views, local government officials in Virginia are now taking similar action, according to a report from The Grio.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin recalling and replacing existing plates, Attorney General Mark Herring’s office said Thursday evening in a statement.
U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser had issued an injunction in 2001 that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on specialty plates honoring the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. Kiser said in a Thursday order that his decision is “no longer good law” because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that said specialty license plates represent the state’s speech, and not the driver’s speech.
Affected motorists also will be sent envelopes addressed to the DMV asking them to return the existing plates to the state for recycling.
Virginia’s decision to outlaw confederate flags on license plates is a huge ruling, as the historic and even present-day climate of the state is often the center of discussions about tensions between the White communities and the Black/Latino communities throughout the state.