Arkansas Pulls Hundreds of ‘Racist’ License Plates

WKMG-TV (Orlando), July 24, 2008

A series of hundreds of Arkansas-issued license plates are being pulled out of circulation over letter combinations that some claim are racist.

“I couldn’t imagine putting this on my car,” motorist Alice Kunce said as she held up her “018-NGR” license plate.

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The state decided to pull the entire series of plates after being made aware of the letter combination.

“Some folks might think it OK, others find it offensive,” Roger Duren of the Office of Motor Vehicles said. “So, if anyone does, anything offensive we try not to issue.”

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Another employee and a plate vendor screen state-issued plates for offensive or derogatory statements.

Some drivers said they were not offended by the letter combination.

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