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Royce West on DMV board unanimous rejection of Confederate plate application

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Dallas South News Wire (State Senator Royce West)

After hearing nearly two hours of testimony – mostly opposing the issuance of a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag logo, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, (DMV) with no debate, voted unanimously to deny the application submitted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Dallas State Sen. Royce West was on hand to testify at the DMV regular board meeting this morning that was moved to the John H. Reagan Building on the capitol grounds to accommodate larger than normal crowds.

“No doubt that this was an issue that was able to resonate dissent from across the state,” said Senator West. “But that should not come as a surprise. Yes it’s been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, but reminders of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation are still fresh in the minds of African Americans as the testimony today bore out. However harmless supporters of this effort may have considered it to be, I think they either underestimated or were oblivious to the emotions still tied to matters related to racial injustice.

“I am thankful for the board’s decision,” said Senator West. “Hopefully, this is a matter of state business that can forever be put to rest.”

Several elected officials were present to testify against the proposal including Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Congressman Al Green and State Rep. Senfronia Thompson. Written testimony was submitted by State Sen. Rodney Ellis and State Rep. Ruth Jones-McClendon, who sponsored the legislation creating the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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