The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has refused to issue license plates displaying the Sons of Confederate Veterans' logo, which features a Confederate battle flag. The SCV sees the flag as symbolic of patriotism, sacrifice and resistance to tyranny. The Texas DMV sees the flag as however it was portrayed in the last televised rerun of "Mississippi Burning." Or what they were told about the War for Southern Independence in the third grade. Or something.
Here are the questions about the matter that the Texas DMV officials should consider:
1. Who is practicing censorship and suppression, the SCV or the DMV?
2. Whose actions serve to restrict individual freedom, choice and expression?
3. Who is trying to impose ignorance over knowledge?
4. Who is dealing in negative stereotypes and attempting to stigmatize and ostracize thousands through the arm of government?
5. Who is practicing the cultural equivalent of ethnic cleansing?
6. Who is politicizing history like 1984?
7. Who is honoring the thousands of Texans who served and died for the Confederacy, and who is dishonoring their memory by officially defining their flag as objectionable?
Note: My Uncle, who took part in the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day) in World War II is buried in Dallas. My great grandfather, a Confederate veteran, is buried in Acton Cemetery in Acton, Texas, close by the grave of Davy Crockett's wife, Elizabeth.
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