Sons of Confederate Vets Commander: Perry "Playing Politician" By Denouncing Vanity Plate

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Gov. Rick Perry's record on racial issues has always been a little complicated. Earlier this month, there was that dust-up over his family's Paint Creek hunting lease, which Schutze thought unfairly loaded up Perry's shoulders with Southern-boy baggage. But back in 1990, during his run for agriculture commissioner, Perry ran an attack ad against Democratic opponent Jim Hightower, including an image of the incumbent with Rev. Jesse Jackson and the words: "Does Hightower share your values?" Race-baiting red meat for the racist vote, or guilt by association with a noted liberal? Perry claimed the latter, but black leaders were furious.

Perhaps seeking to parry renewed allegations of racial insensitivity, Perry sidestepped the most recent race dust-up: The Sons of Confederate Veterans' proposal to have their own Texas vanity license plate, which includes an image of the Confederate flag. "We don't need to be scraping old wounds," he told The St. Petersburg Times earlier this week, after the NAACP said the flag was "every bit as offensive as the Swastika."

This struck Sons of Confederate Veterans commander-in-chief Michael Givens as curious given that Perry has been supportive of their cause in the past. "It's sad enough what Rick is doing," he told Unfair Park. "He's just playing politician.

"It's a shame he's now siding with [the NAACP]. Perry has decided the Sons of Confederate Veterans is the only nonprofit that doesn't deserve free speech."

After all, it was Perry who opposed the NAACP's efforts to remove Confederate symbols from courthouses and other government buildings some 11 years ago. The state Supreme Court had two bronze plaques, one commemorating the men who fought for the Confederacy and another quoting Confederate army commanding general Robert E. Lee. In a letter to SCV in 2000, obtained by the AP, then Lt. Governor Perry wrote, " ... I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property."

Givens wonders what happened to a one-time ally. And as for reopening "old wounds," he dismissed the idea outright. "Where does it stop? We're talking about our corporate logo, which does have the Confederate flag incorporated on it. it's on license plates in nine different states."

"I wish somebody would show me one instance where a license plate in those nine states caused somebody harm. If somebody says they're reminded of slavery, oh please. I can't help what people are reminded of."

"I think he's nervous about his chances of an election," Givens said. "But to display that to the world and step on it for political gain. I don't know what he thinks he's gonna get."


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Jbass
Jbass

Well said, but wait a minute: Perry said: "We don't need to be scraping old wounds," he told The St. Petersburg Times earlier this week, after the NAACP said the flag was "every bit as offensive as the Swastika."

Somebody should ask him who he is referring to, does he mean the naacp is scraping old wounds -  they are to me!

Mike
Mike

Well if ANY organization has a specialty tag the SCV will be allowed under the freedom of speech in the US constitution or all will be disallowed or the SCV will sue and rightly so

Hwtn2002
Hwtn2002

The license plat will be a reality, and Perry and the board know it. Its just politics. The SCV already has plans to sue if the plate is voted down, and the SCV always wins these suits.  "Traitorous"?  Then why does the Federal government (the VA) issue Confederate headstones and grave markers?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

OKAY OKAY OKAY

I will get one of those plates .

It will be a great addition to my TEXAS RANGER Tag Holder.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Is the state gummint going to come out with a "Sons of Sherman" license plate for me?

How about a memorial plate commemorating the Battle of Nueces (or massacre, depending on who you ask)?  A lot of German-Texans and Tejanos wanted nothing to do with the Confederacy.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Can anybody explain why MyPlates offers a "street legal and officially licensed by Texas Department of Motor Vehicles" license plate with the University of Oklahoma logo and the motto "Boomer Sooner"? The Red River is there for a reason, people.

https://myplates.com/landing/P...

MattL1
MattL1

Are these plates really necessary?  Aren't bumper stickers, full-window decals, license plate frames, full paint jobs, horns playing "Dixie" and window flags enough?  

You're allowed to say, write and display whatever you want.  That doesn't mean it all warrants a government stamp of approval.

VeniVidiDejaVu
VeniVidiDejaVu

Why do you want to put a loser flag on your license plate? Are you sure you aren't the Sons of Confederate Whiners? If you are so damn proud of your loser ancestors, put a decal on your window. "Oh, no, it just has to be on a license plate or it doesn't mean anything." God, get a life.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

It took this to make the Sons of Confederate Veterans realize Perry is just another pandering politician? WW J (Jeff Foxworthy) D? - the Sons aren't even smarter than a fifth-grader.

CSA Forever
CSA Forever

The US Flag was flown on every slave-carrying ship... not the Confederate flag.

Adam from East Dallas
Adam from East Dallas

Hey Sons of Confederate Veterans, your trying to put the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (aka The Stars and Bars) on a Texas license plate.  The National Confederate Flag is something totally different.  Get your history straight, before you try to push your "free speech" at the taxpayers expense.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

Like it when people display the "Stars and Cross Bars". That way I know who the idiots are.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

I say go ahead, and while you are at it paste on a Selena Deserved It bumper sticker and one making fun of Mohammed.  It sure takes a lot of generations to get past all this racist Dixie crap.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

I'm always curious about these "heritage" loonies.  If we were to buy the argument that use of a Confederate flag is an utterly benign historical reminder, wouldn't these guys want to use the Stars and Bars?  Why is it always the battle flag?

Alfredo Neumani
Alfredo Neumani

Good God could he possibly look more insincere? Its a fuckin bottle of syrup, dude. That phony ecstatic overreaction is priceless.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Sorry but the idea that someone thinks this is a good idea in the first place is a frightening idea.But go ahead and let them.I am not sure they are going to like the negative reactions they will incite in others.But hey lets see what Happens .

 

G_David
G_David

I'm not sure that Confederate dude understands completely the concept of "free speech".

John_McKee
John_McKee

This has nothing to do with "free speech" and the fact that he would make that statement proves what an idiot he is if his racism wasn't enough to do it.

Free speech does not mean the government is obligated to slap your hate on a government issued license plate. You have your speech, I know you do because I see your bigotry slapped onto a disgusting number of cars and trucks, no one is stopping you from that but as a resident of Texas I do not want my state providing anything that even kind of looks like an endorsement of what is best a disgusting attempt at revising the history of one of the saddest and reprehensible chapters in our country's history.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

The government issued headstones engraved with the Southern Cross of Honor to deceased veterans of the Confederate army who had served honorably.  War dead are war dead, no matter whose side they're on, and they deserved the honor.  None have been issued since 1951, when the last Confederate veteran died. 

That said, it is also illegal to display the SCH if it was not earned.  Only veterans were entitled to it.  Displaying Confederate symbols at this point is at best useless, and at worst racist and intolerant.  Putting the Confederate flag (whatever version) on a car doesn't show reverence for the soldiers who died:  it shows a badly rose-tinted view of ideals that never actually existed.

Jbass
Jbass

Stupid the state is not giving license plates to anybody - if u want sherman plates put up or shut up!

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Apparently he missed all the political moves Perry and Dewhurst made during the last legislative session.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

That's funny - because the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Spanish, and the Dutch, we are importing slaves for about 250 years before the was a "US Flag ".  

ELH
ELH

No actually it wasn't.  Generally the Union Jack flagged ships were the ones bringing slaves particularly prior to the creation of the stars and stripes.

DallasMan
DallasMan

Oh Adam, you need to get YOUR history straight.  The "Stars and Bars" is not the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, rather, it is the 1st national flag of the Confederacy, aka, the one displayed at Six Flags Over Texas. 

3GoldBars
3GoldBars

The square Confederate battle-flag has been the symbol of the Sons of Confederate Veterans since 1896.  Our ancestor carried that banner into battle when Federal troops invaded their states and violated their homes.

Jeff
Jeff

The symbol to be used here, IIRC, is the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Montemalone
Montemalone

It would appear he's channeling Bob "Toots" Tilton.

Apparently, the Manchurian Candidate's brainwashing is stuck on the spin cycle.

james
james

lynyrd skynyrd has displayed rebel flags on their record covers and concerts for about a thousand years. their song 'ballad of curtis loew' show great respect-almost reverence for an old black musician. so ever'body that shows a bit of respect for some good folks who fought an' died fer a questionable cause ain't a wannabe hitler. half the tattoos an' t-shirts ya see depict somethin' that 'offends' somebody. license plates are somethin' we PAY for. people PAY extra fer 'personalised' plates that say whatever they want. the state SELLS these license plates.  i submit to you that there are PLENTY more pressing matters....more folks tryin' lots harder to screw you over a lot worse than them ugly  li'l ol' license plates that BIG BROTHER forcefucks you into buyin'...the license plates are ugly...the windshielsd stickers are ugly...leaving a mess of gluey shit to clean off the glass of our classic cars...the roads are full of potholes and bad drivers tryin' to KILL ya....the rich are gittin' richer an' the poor are gittin' poorer...an' you wanna make a big issue out of a design on a license plate...my point is they're screwin' us ovur by forcefuckin' us into buyin' the license plate at all. git to the liver of the matter here.

Jeff
Jeff

The only hate involved here is the NAACP's irrational hate of Confederate symbols.  There is no requirement to put it on your car if you don't like it -- there are many other choices.  Each of us would probably agree with some and disagree with others.  This is about organizations like th NAACP telling some Texans they can't display something on their license plate, and it's wrong.

Jbass
Jbass

Only AMERICAN veterans please, and Southern Confederate Americans are American, I am one of them!

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

You live in Portland, man. Would you care to explain your "southern" heritage again?

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Um, if I recall my history lessons, the first shots fired were by Confederate troops at Ft. Sumter.  Granted, there were no casualties, but an act of aggression is still an act of aggression.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

My "ancestor" from Indiana along with Gen. Grant kicked your "ancestors" ass all the way down to the Gulf Of Mexico.

Sore loser.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

"Our ancestor . . . ."

Well, that explains everything.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

The Army of Northern Virginia didn't carry the battle flag when it invaded Pennsylvania and violated the Pennsylvanian home?

claytonauger
claytonauger

No, it's about taxpaying Texans of all types demanding the state not incorporate blatantly racist symbols on tax-supported state-manufactured items. And it's the right thing to do.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

You are not a veteran of the Civil War.  You did not serve in the Confederate Army.  You will not be entitled to display the Southern Cross of Honor on your headstone, which is what we're discussing.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

The Swastika battle-flag is NOT a symbol of racism in any way.  The politics between the German Federal Government and Nazi party is a separate issue, the reasons they fought can be debated, but the honoring of our Nazi ancestors is never wrong and is required!

jesdynf
jesdynf

Alexander Stephens, Mr. 3GoldBars here says that the Confederate battle-flag is not a symbol of racism. As the Vice-President of the Confederacy, do you have a response?

"Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition."

Thank you, Vice-President Stephens.

PLFarmer
PLFarmer

Please read the Articles of Succession by the various traitors to the U.S. Constitution.Close to universal inclusion of the right to own a human beings as a reason for the states right to leave.

CW Moss
CW Moss

What do we remember union soldiers shooting women and children in the Native American  genocide as?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

If it isn't a symbol of racism, it is certainly a symbol of slavery.  Somehow a license plate doesn't seem a very solemn way to honor the confederate dead.

claytonauger
claytonauger

People like you really need to study the history of the Civil War.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Racist and traitorous.  We need to remember Confederates as a warning from history.

3GoldBars
3GoldBars

The Confederate battle-flag is NOT a symbol of racism in any way.  The politics between the Federal and Confederate governments is a separate issue, the reasons they fought can be debated, but the honoring of our Confederate ancestors is never wrong and is required!

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