(Austin, TX) // Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement in response to this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Texas’ right to ban the Confederate battle flag from the state’s specialty license plates:
“I’m pleased that Texas will not be put in the position of issuing state-sanctioned license plates glorifying oppression and bigotry,” said Senator Ellis. “The battle flag is a symbol of Ku Klux Klan repression and violence, not heritage. After all, the battle flag never flew over the Texas Capitol and is not one of the Six Flags of Texas. It was instead adopted by the Klan and segregationists as their symbol of hate and opposition to civil rights and equality in the South. This is not a symbol that is worthy of the state’s honor, and I’m glad the Supreme Court ruling gives Texas the ability to make that decision.”
In March, Ellis wrote an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman arguing that Texas should be allowed to select the messages it wants to promote.