GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County leaders and residents have mixed reactions after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory called for the General Assembly to halt the issuing of specialty license plates bearing the Confederate flag.
The state Department of Transportation reported it’s issued 2,064 Sons of Confederate Veterans specialty license plates.
McCrory based his decision on the Charleston church massacre and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on this exact issue.
In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled Texas can reject a proposal to put Confederate flags on specialty license plates saying governments are allowed to take positions on issues, and if voters don’t like their leaders’ particular stance, they can vote for new elected leaders.
But people are divided on whether the General Assembly should end the plates.
“I think the flag is a sign of peace,” Wendy Gray Hudnell, Ph.D., said. “It was used improperly [by extremist groups], but i don’t think that judgement call should be made for everybody to not be able to use something in the right way.”
“It represents hate; it represents violence; it represents intimidation,” Pitt County NAACP president Calvin Henderson said. “This is a part of history that we don’t need to just thrive on.”