By WMBF News Staff | February 6, 2021 at 2:40 PM EST – Updated February 6 at 4:37 PM
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A national group is now calling on South Carolina and other states to discontinue license plates featuring the Confederate flag.
“No state should promote a symbol of the traitors who sought to perpetuate slavery and white supremacy,” said Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s National Communications Director. “Every time a confederate flag is placed on a state’s license plate, it is a tacit state endorsement of racism.”
Specialty plates are issued for a two-year period at the cost of a $30 fee in South Carolina, a portion of which goes to civic organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Rutherford’s bill has since been referred to the Education and Public Works Committee in the South Carolina House as of Jan. 12.
CAIR’s statement also references a 2015 Supreme Court ruling, which states that a state can reject plates bearing the Confederate flag because they’re considered speech by the government.
Soon after, Maryland recalling plates, while Virginia began featuring an alternate design to the flag.
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