Yesha Callahan

Virginia Puts Ban On License Plates Featuring The Confederate Flag

Confederate Flag

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.

  1. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    This flag will always be a symbol of hate. The confederates went to battle with this flag to keep slaves. This flag is on the same level as a Nazi flag and should all be put into a museum as a reminder of of the terrible atrocities this flag stood for

  2. August 7, 2015 - Reply

    The Confederate flag is a symbol of hate and racism. Confederate documents explicitly mentioned that they wanted slavery to flourish. Black Union heroes, abolitionists, and other social activists fought and died to make sure that the Confederacy is no more. I’m glad that the Confederacy was gone in 1865. Racists have used the flag decades ago to promote Jim Crow apartheid and racist oppression against black people. So, the banning of that evil flag from Virginia license plates is great. That wicked flag has no place on any license plate at all.

    • August 10, 2015 - Reply

      The elimination of the flag doesn’t eliminate the hate. This is just like telling white people not to say nigga, they’ll say, “Okay, we’ll do it, lets sign something saying we will”, then they’ll just find something else to say. This is a waste of time…..

      • August 10, 2015 - Reply


        Eliminating the flag doesn’t eliminate the hate totally, but it is better for it to be gone than for it to remain. The Confederate flag is a flag of hatred. It is a symbol of hate. Also, solutions will be diverse. One action is never the total solution. I am glad that the ban is in place.

        • August 10, 2015 - Reply

          Good point, I can’t front, but I would rather know who’s racist and who’s not. It’s amazing at how many people you see and come in contact with during the day that are secretly racist. If you hate me I’d like to know it, kuz more than likely if you hate me and you don’t know me then you hate yourself.

          • August 10, 2015 - Reply


            It is better to know who hate us overtly than encountering a hypocrite. A real slick hater will not broadcast their hatred overtly. They will either not show it or express coded language to disguise their hate like them using the code words of “thug” “ghetto”, etc. Solutions have to be comprehensive. I’m not losing sleep over the ban as I like the banning of Confederate flags on license plates law.

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