Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the SCV, which sued the state of Texas for denying its petition for a specialty license plate that includes a Confederate battle flag. This comes on the same day that a twenty-one year old white South Carolinian man was arrested for allegedly murdering nine African Americans while worshiping last night in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
Included in the court’s 5-4 ruling is the following passage:
In 2010, SCV renewed its application before the Board. The Board invited public comment on its website and at an open meeting. After considering the responses, including a number of letters sent by elected officials who opposed the proposal, the Board voted unanimously against issuing the plate. The Board explained that it had found “it necessary to deny th[e] plate design application, specifically the confederate flag portion of the design, because public comments ha[d] shown that many members of the general public find the design offensive, and because such comments are reasonable.” App. 64. The Board added “that a significant portion of the public associate the confederate flag with organizations advocating expressions of hate directed toward people or groups that is demeaning to those people or groups.” Id.,at 65.
A photograph of the alleged shooter shows him sitting on the hood of his car with a vanity license plate that includes three different Confederate flags with the words, “Confederate States of America” wrapped around.
There are many things that remain a priority in the wake of this heinous crime, but let’s hope that the healing process leads to a renewed effort to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina and every other public space throughout this nation.
Today we learned, once again, that Confederate heritage includes a great deal of hate.