The Confederate flag is quite popular in the South of America. No one there would be surprised to see it as an airbrush on a car or a number plate background. However, in light of recent events, the local authorities have decided to ban such symbols

North Carolina (South Carolina) State Highway Patrol issued a prohibition according to which the Confederate battle flag and any other stylistic depictions of a cross with a dozen of stars cannot be applied to the number plates which are the property of the state. The Confederate flag has been deemed „potentially offensive symbolism“ and is prohibited from being displayed on state-owned number plates.

North Carolina thus joins Texas, Maryland and Virginia, which had imposed similar bans a few months earlier. And the public of all southern states was outraged by such a decision. Particularly vocal opponents of the new rules are organisations like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, for whom the flag is a symbol of pride and ancestral heritage.