TENNESSEE: Record Number of Tennesseans Using Confederate License Plate
A record number of Tennesseans are using Confederate flag license plates amid a nationwide push to eliminate the symbolism after nine people were killed in a racially motivated attack on a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans plates, which benefit the organization’s Tennessee Division, require an annual fee of $61.50, $35 of which is allocated to the plate’s beneficiary.
Data collected by the state shows that there were 3,273 active plates in June, up 72% from 2015, when the movement to take down Confederate imagery began, The Tennessean reported.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans generated roughly $57,700 through plate sales in the 2018 fiscal year, according to the report.
James Patterson, commander of the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said the organization
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