Rep. Donald Brown, a Republican from the Panhandle, introduced HB 1007 last week. It directs state officials to develop and issue tags that "contain an emblem or logo of Florida’s historic Confederate flags and facsimiles of the buttons issued to Florida Confederate units."
The $25 surcharge for these "Confederate Heritage" tags would fund educational and historical programs offered by Sons of Confederate Veterans. A spokesman for the group tells our corporate cousins at the Tallahassee Democrat that they have 30,000 people who are ready to buy the tags if they’re approved.
"We’ve done everything required of us," Bob Hurst tells the Democrat. "All we’re asking for is to be treated fairly and equally. There are 108 specialty tags now and six before the Legislature this year. I hope the governor and Legislature will play by the rules; if not, I think it speaks poorly of the Florida Legislature."
Just one question for Rep. Hurst. Do any of the other 108 specialty tags include contested images akin to the Confederate battle flag? Were any of those images carried in Florida streets as a symbol of "Massive Resistance" during the Civil Rights Movement?
What I find outrageous, however, is that the SCV supports this kind of program. After all, aren’t these the very same people who constantly refer us to the flag’s sacred qualities which they believe demand our utmost respect. And yet, they are willing to plaster the very same image on the back of a car just inches from its fuel exhaust. What a bunch of hypocrites.
Click here for an earlier post on how Confederate enthusiasts show their respect for the flag.