The Confederate flag is back in the news in Georgia. Civil rights advocates are decrying the state’s recent approval of a specialty license plate incorporating the flag. It was a little more than 10 years ago when Georgia was embroiled in a debate about whether the Confederate emblem should appear on the state flag. David Davis, a professor of Southern Studies at Mercer University, spoke to GPB Macon’s Adam Ragusea about the complex history surrounding the issue of the Confederate flag in Georgia.
Georgia officials have approved the release of a new specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag. The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the license plate, which features the Confederate emblem surrounded by a prominent logo of the organization. The plate will also feature the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans” in a gold frame beneath the license plate number. A press release from the organization states Georgians do not have to be members of the Sons of Confederate veterans to receive the new license plates.