October 28th, 2011
The Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches is strongly against having Confederate battle flag on a Texas license plate. While we intend no disrespect to any citizen who wants to individually celebrate their ancestor’s history, it is nonetheless clear to us that any objective person should understand that the Confederate Battle Flag represents repression and is a badge of slavery. Besides that, we all know that the Confederacy had an official flag and the Battle Flag was not one that was adopted by the Confederacy nor did it ever fly over Texas. It was adopted by hate groups as a means of expressing anti-Black sentiments and the rest is history. If there was a desire simply to honor one’s ancestors it for certain would not be by using this particular flag. If it is placed on Texas Specialty License Plates, the Battle Flag would be glorified when we all know it is a symbol of discrimination, disrespect and hatred towards African-Americans. It is just the kind of symbol that will lead to psychological harm to African-Americans and very likely breaches of peace throughout our State. The Confederate Battle Flag represents one of the worst periods in Texas and American history. A group of people was intimidated and subjugated by official state policy, solely on the basis of race. When anyone reads the Articles of Succession, passed by the Texas Legislature on February 2, 1861, it is clear that the intent of the Texas Legislature towards people of color was to dominate and exploit Americans of African descent for economic gain. This philosophy has been rejected and discredited as public policy by Congress, the Courts, and the Executive Branch.
We ask that you call the Texas DMV board and let them know what you think: 1-888-368-4689 or you can click on TX DMV Board to email them
Below you will find links to an article with Governor Perry saying how it isn’t right for Texas. Also you will see a letters co-authored by Senators Rodney Ellis and Representative Sylvester Turner and another op-ed by Senator Royce West expressing how this license plate is not good for Texas.
Texas NAACP Press Release
Senator West Op-ed
Senator Ellis & Representative Turner
Governor Perry’s Stance
October 18th, 2011
Even though it has not been covered much by the media, The Texas NAACP has been actively involved in the ongoing redistricting lawsuit. The interest of African Americans and other minorities were very well represented by lead counsel Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Co-counsel Robert Notzon, Texas NAACP Legal Redress chair. Texas NAACP president Gary Bledsoe was representing Congressman Al Green, Congresswomen Shelia Jackson Lee and Eddie Bernice Johnson, as well as 3 NAACP members, Howard Jefferson, NAACP National Board member and resident of Houston, Bob Lydia NAACP National Board member and Dallas Resident, and Dr. Juanita Wallace, Dallas Branch President. Our concerns with the proposed Congressional & State House maps are that with the African American and minority population increase was not reflected by the newly drawn districts.
To see a copy of the maps we presented and other parties presented to the San Antonio District court you can go to Legislative Council’s website at: http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/
October 18th, 2011
The Texas State Conference of NAACP Units passed a resolution during the 75th Annual State Convention calling on all fair minded persons to vigorously oppose all efforts to authorize the use of the Confederate Battle Flag on Texas license plates. Any objective person understands that the Confederate Battle Flag represents repression and is a badge of slavery. This resolution is a part of the ongoing process to stop the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board from approving state license plates that would glorify the image of the Confederate Battle Flag, a well-known symbol of discrimination, disrespect and hatred towards African Americans. National Board Member of the NAACP and Texas State President of the Texas State Conference of NAACP Units Gary Bledsoe said, “the Confederate Battle Flag represents one of the worst periods in Texas and American history. A group of people was intimidated and subjugated by official state policy, solely on the basis of race. When anyone reads the Articles of Succession, passed by the Texas Legislature on February 2, 1861, it is clear that the intent of the Texas Legislature towards people of color was to dominate and exploit Americans of African descent for economic gain. This philosophy has been rejected and discredited as public policy by Congress, the Courts, and the Executive Branch. We hope that people of good will reject this symbol as a travesty to decency and justice.”
“The Confederate Battle Flag has and always will be a reminder to African Americans about the serious harm and deaths caused to those who have come before us” said Mark Crump, Texas NAACP Youth & College Division President, “It would be an insult and a sign that African Americans aren’t welcome in Texas if these license plates are approved.” It is important to note that the Confederate Battle Flag never flew over the State of Texas. Yannis Banks, Texas NAACP Legislative Liaison said, “Texans must understand that the Confederate Battle flag was never the official flag of the Confederacy. The state archive department makes it very clear that it never flew over the State of Texas. When we add these facts to the feelings of fear and intimidation necessarily generated in many African Americans upon viewing such public governmental authorized displays it becomes increasingly clear that the only position for a civilized society to take is to reject the use of such a symbol of hate. The Confederate Battle flag is every bit of offensive as the swastika.”
The Texas State Conference of NAACP Units joins with decent, honorable Texans and other American citizens to denounce the vestiges of hatred and slavery. We ask that you contact your representatives in the Texas Legislature and Texas DMV Board to let them know that all symbols of hate are inappropriate in the public domain.