Virginia Put New Ban On License Plate Design, Residents Aren't Happy

In a letter from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Kevin Collier of Suffolk, a commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was told he had until Oct. 4 to switch his Confederate flag license plate to one that was legal.

Collier said “Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday … or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday. Where’s it going to end?"

Letters were sent to 1,600 people who have Confederate flag plates from the Sons of Confederate Veterans group—and only 187 have returned the old plates. Some sent letters back to the DMV, writing, "No thank you."

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe instituted the ban on plates featuring the Confederate flag after Charleston, South Carolina, church shooter Dylann Roof was found posing with the flag. It is a misdemeanor to drive with Confederate flag plates in the state.

Collier's great-great-great grandfather fought with the Confederacy. Collier added, “I can’t fight on the battlefield like they did, but I can fight however I can in modern times and I’m not giving them plates up."

Maryland, Virginia and Texas no longer allow Confederate flag license plates. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said, ”I look forward to the day when these plates are no longer on the road. This flag is a painful symbol that divides us, conjuring images of hate and subjugation. It has no place in any contemporary government use."

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