the plate, bearing the battle flag of the Confederacy, would be appropriate here in the 150th year since the start of the Civil War.
The DMV has taken one vote on the matter and it ended in a tie (with one board member absent). It takes a majority to approve a new plate, so the group was one vote short of getting the plate approved. There will be another vote on this matter -- after Governor Perry appoints a new board member in September (to replace one that died recently).
The group is saying they want to honor Southern heritage. I have to wonder though if this is a heritage that should be honored. This battle flag they want to put on Texas plates was the flag of an enemy of the United States. It was also the flag of an army that fought to defend the institution of slavery. And it has been used since the end of the Civil War as an emblem celebrating racism by many racist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.
Instead of representing a heritage worthy of honor, this flag is seen as a symbol of hatred by most people these days. And it is a reminder of oppression and segregation to many. Personally, I think it would make just as much sense to put a swastika on a license plate to honor German immigrants in the state -- which would also represent an enemy of this country and oppression of another group (Jews).
Symbols of oppression and bigotry honor no one, and that's what this flag has become. It should never be approved to go on any official state property -- not license plates or anything else.