Florida’s Confederate Plates Bill Dead in the Water

[Hat-Tip to John Maas]

It looks like Representative Don Brown’s bill to offer Confederate plates to Florida’s residents is going nowhere.  Here is what Brown had to say:

It is not about racism, it’s not about slavery, it is about an acknowledgement that many of these people’s families have documented that they had friends and family or family who lost their lives fighting for a cause they believed in.

Fair enough, but why not honor your Confederate heritage  in a way that does not involve defacing a sacred symbol?

4 comments… add one
  • John Maass Apr 9, 2008 @ 8:57

    Robert–maybe those Rebel flags in the GA town you visited were placed to mark the locations of the various Sunday Schools for black children, a la Stonewall Jackson (friend to all slaves.)

  • Brooks Simpson Apr 7, 2008 @ 19:33

    “Fighting for a cause they believed in” always opens doors into rooms one does not want to enter.

  • ChuckO Apr 7, 2008 @ 13:52

    Anyone who thinks that these various initiatives to honor the Confederate dead, etc., aren’t about racism are just kidding themselves. I live in Georgia, where March has been declared Confederate Memorial Month. Does anyone really think that it’s a coincidence that this comes right after African-American history month? Not long ago, I had occasion to drive out into the country near Macon. In one small town there, whose name I don’t recall, it seemed that every third house was displaying the Confederate battle flag. I don’t for a minute believe that this had anything to do with honoring their dead ancestors.

  • Robert Moore Apr 7, 2008 @ 11:14

    Now that’s a bold statement to make – “fighting for a cause they believed in”??? Hmmm, how can “they” all be so sure? Maybe it’s that it just makes some people, in today’s day and age, feel good to think/believe that they [in “old times… not forgotten”] were a “solid South,” and thereby, by thinking such a way today, it makes it so back then…

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