Virginia - DMV Revokes an SCV License Plate Over racist, Neo-Nazi Meaning

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles revoked a Sons of Confederate Veterans special license plate yesterday because its characters contained racist and neo-Nazi meaning.

The state DMV received five complaints about the plate, "14CV88," agency spokeswoman Melanie Stokes said.

A photo of a truck with the plate came to light when it was posted on the Internet. The truck has a Confederate flag on its rear window and a picture of the World Trade Center attack with "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11" on its tailgate.

DMV would not identify the holder of the plate, which was issued in 2005.

"The number 88 may refer to the Nazi salute 'Heil Hitler' based on a doubling of the eighth letter of the alphabet," the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington said in a statement.

"And 14 is common white supremacist code for the 14-word phrase 'We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.'"

"Our organization is against any type of racial prejudice at all," said Bragdon R. Bowling Jr., the SCV's Virginia department commander.

Richmond Times Dispatch


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