Target: Marvin J. Garbis, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Goal: Praise decision to phase out the Confederate flag on Maryland license plates.
Maryland District Judge Marvin J. Garbis ruled on Oct. 15 to phase out the imprint of the Confederate flag on special order Maryland license plates. Garbis’ ruling lifts a 1997 injunction put into place to prevent the Confederate flag license plates from being removed from circulation. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh requested Garbis lift the injunction so the plates could be recalled.
Maryland is the third state in the Union to remove Confederate flag license plates from circulation, and Judge Garbis’ order is effective Nov. 17. The other two states to take action against these license plates are Texas and Virginia, and this has not been without battle in all three cases, as opinions over the Confederate flag remain in heated debate.
While numerous people support the initial statement behind the Confederate flag, the image today rouses hatred due to many who have plagiarized the symbol and used it to represent intolerance. What was once the flag of the Confederacy, or Southern states during the Civil War, has now turned into, as Frosh says, “… a painful symbol that divides us, conjuring images of hate and subjugation.”
The confederate flag is now used as a symbol by white supremacy groups and in one horrific incident this year, a white man entered a South Carolina church in June, shot, and killed nine members of the congregation. This hate-filled act spurred an outcry to remove the Confederate flag from all government and private use, and we are happy to see that Maryland has joined the ranks and done so here.
Let’s take a moment to praise Judge Garbis’ order. It’s time to remove this symbol of hatred from circulation within the United States.
I am writing to express my gratitude for your ruling to remove Maryland’s Confederate flag license plates from circulation. While this flag remains an important symbol in American history, its use today only expresses hatred and intolerance, and there is no place for that in our country anymore.
I realize your decision will be met with resistance, as many people have fought both Texas and Virginia when they, too, removed these license plates from circulation. Still, we must remain resolute in our fight against racism, and this is another step in the right direction.
Thank you for taking a likely unpopular stand and ruling to discontinue Maryland’s Confederate flag license plates. Your action has confirmed that America will continue to fight for the civil rights of its people everywhere.
[Your Name Here]
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