Virginia has banned driving with a license plate that depicts the Confederate flag — but some in the state are resisting.
Around 1,600 Virginians with state-issued Confederate flag plates received a letter last month from the DMV saying they had until October 4 to swap them out for new ones that don’t show the flag. Only 187 people have so far complied.
One man who has not is Kevin Collier.
“Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday … or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday,” Collier, who is active with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, told a local news channel. “Where’s it going to end?”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for the change this summer after a man pictured posing with the flag was charged with massacring nine African-Americans at a Charleston, S.C. church. Driving with the plates is now a misdemeanor in Virginia.
McAuliffe’s ban was part of a wave of moves by officials across the south intended to end state-sanctioned displays of the flag, which is seen by most Americans as a symbol of racism and white supremacy, but remains cherished by a dwindling group of white southerners.
Collier said he descends from a Confederate soldier, and he wants to do his part for the cause.
“I can’t fight on the battlefield like they did, but I can fight however I can in modern times, and I’m not giving them plates up,” he said.