"Hitler" License Plate Recalled in Virginia

DMV takes back license plate with questionable meaning

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Thursday, Apr 22, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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"Hitler" License Plate Recalled in Virginia

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Many drivers express themselves through vanity license plates.  But apparently, some people in Virginia felt that one plate went too far.

On Tuesday, the DMV recalled a plate that read “14CV88.”  The decision to recall it was made after people complained that the plate made references glorifying Adolf Hitler.

The “88” is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eight letter of the alphabet.

The “14” is thought to stand for the number of words in a white supremacist credo.

The “CV” is an apparent reference to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations was among the groups offended by the plate.  The truck bearing the plates also featured graphics of the Confederate flag and the phrase "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."

The DMV says the specialized plate was issued in March 2009.  After reviewing complaints, a DMV committee determined that the letters and numbers could reasonably be construed as racially or ethnically disparaging.

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