ATLANTA — A Georgia activist group is very upset with the compromise the state made with the Sons of Confederate Veterans over Georgia license plates that still clearly shows the Confederate battle emblem.
The Georgia Department of Revenue reported the deal with the group to redesign the plate that removes the faded background showing the battle emblem but allows the smaller emblem on the left to remain.
Gov. Deal had called for the immediate cessation of the making and sales of the license plates after deranged white pyschopath Dylann Roof murdered nine black parishioners inside the Emmanuel AME Church in Columbia, S.C. several months ago, including a respected state senator. Roof was cloaked in the Confederate Flag as he spewed virulently racist venom on a YouTube video. The massacre spurred the South Carolina governor and state assembly to order the removal of the flag from the statehouse grounds. Other Southern states followed suit.
But one group, Better Georgia, is far from satisfied with the changes, which they believe amount to no changes at all. According to Channel 2 Atlanta, they have collected more than 4,500 signatures on a petition to remove the symbol, said, “State-sanctioned bigotry is simply unacceptable and anything short of removing the Confederate flag entirely from license plates is not a step forward for Georgia,” the petition states.
Confederate advocates are pleased their logo will remain on the plates that will soon go on sale.
“The logo has remained and we can live with that. The governor has removed the battle flag as a backdrop so I think you can call it a compromise or whatever, it’s something we can live with,” Sons of Confederate Veteran spokesman Dan Coleman told the station.
Coleman says politicians are over reacting, but stopped short of calling this a victory.
“This thing with political correctness where people are afraid to speak today, it’s just something I’m not in favor of,” he said.
Coleman also said Confederate loyalists who have one of the 3,500 original plates will be able to keep them.