(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/21/2010) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today that the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has recalled a license plate in that state that included what appeared to be coded terms for neo-Nazi and white supremacist slogans.
A spokeswoman for the Virginia DMV said the license plate was recalled today after the agency received a number of complaints.
CAIR said it received reports from individuals concerned that the Virginia truck license plate “14CV88” contained numerical codes often used by racist and neo-Nazi groups.
The number 88 may refer to the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler” based on a doubling of the eighth letter of the alphabet and 14 is common white supremacist code for the 14-word phrase, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” “CV” may refer to the group Sons of Confederate Veterans, the logo of which is also appears to be on the license plate.
The back window of the truck has an image of a Confederate flag and the tailgate has an image of the 9/11 attack in New York City, including text stating, “Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.”
SEE: Virginia License Plate 14CV88
In a letter sent today to Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper supported the decision to recall the license plate when he wrote in part:
“No state-authorized sign should be permitted to promote neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology.
“I therefore respectfully request that this license plate be investigated to determine whether it violates state policy against socially and racially disparaging content.
“If it is determined that the license plate contains coded racist terms, I would ask that it be recalled immediately by the DMV.”
[The CAIR letter had already been drafted when it was learned that the license plate had been recalled.]
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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