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Supreme Court Declines to Review NC’s Decision to Stop Issuing Confederate Flag License Plates



Knowledge Nuggets:

  • The Supreme Court has declined to review North Carolina’s decision to stop issuing license plates displaying the Confederate flag.
  • North Carolina ceased issuing these specialty license plates to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2021, a decision that was upheld by lower courts.
  • The Sons of Confederate Veterans argued that the decision violated state and federal law.
  • The case mirrors a similar dispute in Texas in 2015, in which the Supreme Court ruled that license plates are state property and content can be limited accordingly.

The Supreme Court has chosen not to review the decision by North Carolina to stop issuing license plates featuring the Confederate flag. The high court declined to comment on its decision, which is one of many cases it refused to review on Monday.

In 2021, North Carolina decided to halt the issuance of specialty license plates that bore the insignia of the North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In response, the chapter initiated a lawsuit, arguing that the state’s decision was in violation of state and federal laws. However, a lower court dismissed the case and a federal appeals court upheld this decision, leading the chapter to appeal to the Supreme Court.

This case echoes a similar dispute in Texas in 2015, where the court ruled that license plates are considered state property. The Texas chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans argued that the state was wrong to refuse to issue a specialty license plate featuring the group’s insignia. However, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, ruled that Texas could limit the content on its license plates as they are regarded as state property.

North Carolina currently offers three standard license plates and over 200 specialty plates. Civic clubs, such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, can create specialty plates if they meet specific requirements. The lawsuit was filed after the Department of Transportation sent a letter stating that it would no longer issue or renew specialty license plates displaying the Confederate battle flag or any variation of it, as such plates have the potential to offend.




  1. The Rebel

    June 18, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing what happens in a once free country when the Communist Abortion Party of America illegally takes over the federal gubmint !!

  2. Terry Schraner

    June 18, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    McAllful did that in VA as a very lib governor.The plate had a small flag in top left corner . Banned by a demo governor who also espoused the policy that parents should have no say in what schools teach to their children.

  3. John

    June 18, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Once again a government organization bows to Political Correctness. Freedom of Speech is dead.

    This is another step toward caving in to the lunatic leftists. I bet they will issues license plates with the Gay Pride Flag.

    • Gerald Todd

      June 19, 2023 at 12:24 am

      I suggest that everybody who wants to show they are Sons Of Confederate Veterans should get a License plate frame showing the battle flag and if anybody says no, it is freedom of speech.

  4. Vetmike

    June 19, 2023 at 6:57 am

    Other specialty plates? Like Pride plates, BLM plates, Satanist plates, whatever-leftist- crap-you-want plates? No? Those are protected you say?
    People get so much of history wrong and/or are taught so much wrong history. Taking a balanced view and avoiding projecting todays mores on yesterday’s events is practically a sacrilege. Rewriting history from a biased point of view very often means reliving a portion of history you may not want to relive.


    June 19, 2023 at 7:06 am

    If they have a Price license plate then a Rebel flag one is okay. Bud Lite found out the hard
    way people are against your pride garbage.

  6. Wyatt Earp

    June 20, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Don’t just single out the Confederate plate! If Cooper going violation state laws then he better veto PRIDE, GAY, BLM, NAACP, ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION AS WELL! Just image if there someone who know how to change an old license plate to a REBEL FLAG? That REBEL FLAG WITH THE BIG “X” ON IT STOOD FOR — DON’T TREATED ON ME! AND THAT WHAT DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS ARE DOING! Payback coming!

  7. Wyatt Earp

    June 20, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    Bad idea! But what do you expect out of a big liberal Democrat slave city? This is an attack on SOUTHERN PEOPLE’S! Yes you black are part of the South if you were born here! That bug “X” was on Malcolm shirt as well. Do you know what it mean? IT MEANT—- STOP TREATING ON ME! That what we have in the DEMOCRAT PARTY! Enemies of FREEDOM AND LIBERTY!

  8. Boaz

    June 21, 2023 at 9:04 am

    I bet before too long the people will turn to killing. They are fed up.
    Wouldn’t want to be in government for sure.

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