Proposed License Plate Pays Tribute To State's Confederate Past

Barbara Schwarz
October 10, 2018 - 7:07 am
Texas Confederate Plate

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Sons of the Confederate Veterans has proposed a Texas License plate that shows a Confederate soldier holding a Texas division Battle flag. 

It is being sponsored by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who says he has no regrets. "I'm certainly one who believes we need to keep our history alive and we shouldn't re-write history. I disagree with taking all the Confederate monuments down. I think they should remain up." 

Kim Olson is Miller's Democratic opponent and sees the plate as divisive.  

She says she's campaigned in 225 counties in the state. "And here's what the folks I'm meeting are telling me. They're just tired of this kind of divisive behavior, behavior that divides us as a state and as a people."  

She adds the current political climate doesn't help. "I've been to places no Dem has gone before, I've walked fields and farms and sat at family dinner tables. We are more alike than we are different, and I think we should emphasize the things that we share."

Miller says this was first brought to him in March and has been public knowledge since then. He says it's odd it has come up so close to next month's election.

The Sons of the Confederate Veteran's first proposed plate in 2010 featured the Confederate flag and was rejected by the state.