published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Confederate flag on some GA car tags sparks anger

ATLANTA — State officials are releasing a new specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, a move that is infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia's new specialty tag has fueled a clash between those who believe the battle flag honors Confederate heritage and others who view it as a racially charged symbol of oppression.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Maynard Eaton said the state should not have sanctioned the battle emblem to appear on a Georgia tag. He said that displaying it is "reprehensible."

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said it meant no offense, and that people have a right to commemorate their heritage.

Gov. Nathan Deal said the new tag was a surprise to him.

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