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Confederate flag to appear as new Georgia license plate option

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are releasing a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia's new plate has fueled a clash between those who believe the battle flag honors Confederate heritage and others who view it as a racially charged symbol of oppression.

News three spoke with Columbus NAACP President Abraham Wallace who says he does think the flag should be honored.

"That flag, the bar and the stars represents oppression, racism. People were treated less than human," said Wallace.

The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested that the state issue the new plates. A spokesman says it meant no offense and that people have a right to commemorate their heritage and some outside of the group agree.

"It's a part of our history, we don't have a racist problem," said Jessica Williams.

Gov. Nathan Deal says the new license plate was a surprise to him.

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