The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles last week voted down the idea of Confederate Sons of America license plate. It would have shown the Confederate flag. The Texas Observer notes this testimony, from the Reverend George V. Clark, 82:
It saddens me that the possibility exists that I might still be driving around the state and frequently see something that represents hate, something that has made people feel less than human, something that caused you in the past to drive along a highway and see a confederate flag where you need to stop, but you see the flag and you keep driving.
The next time you hear conservatives question whether the Civil Rights Act should have overridden the freedom of business owners to refuse service to people on the basis of race, think of Reverend Clark. He’s using the example of the Confederate flag here, but what he’s describing is an America where not everyone can move around with equal liberty. If you’re traveling and you need to stop on the road but you can’t because of the color of your skin, then you’re not free like everyone else. That’s the point. History called Texas on this one, and Texas answered, unanimously.