Another Confederate License Plate Proposed in Texas

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is championing a proposed Texas license plate to honor the Sons of Confederate Veterans, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The proposed design does not feature the Confederate 'Stars and Bars' battle flag which has caused so much violence and dissention.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the proposed design would feature a rebel soldier on the left, holding a regimental flag which is based on the Texs flag, and is emblazoned with battles the Texas regiment has participated in, including Seven Pines and Gaines Mill.

Under the license plate number are the words 'SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS.'

"We shouldn't run from our history we should learn from it," Miller told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "We should't hide from it, it is what it is, we need to preserve history, that's what we learn from."

But not everybody wants to see that part of the state's history celebrated.

Kim Olson, Miller's Democratic opponent in next month's election, calls the flag 'divisive.'"We have more things in common, and more things we need to work on together and we don't need to drive wedges," she said.  "That is not good for any democracy."

A license plate that featured the Confederate 'Stars and Bars' flag was rejected by the DMV in 2010, in a decision that was upheld in the courts.

Miller says the proposal was brought to him in March.

"It has become an issue because its 27 days before my re-election," he said.  Miller added that he disagrees with removing Confederate monuments.

The final decision is up with the DMV.

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