City Council CONTROVERSY – An Attack On Free Speech?
(TheRedWire.com) – In August 2021, the City and County of Honolulu mistakenly approved a vanity license plate reading, “FCK BLM.” Although they attempted to recall the plate after becoming aware of the oversight, the driver has ignored the pleas and continues driving with the anti-Black Lives Matter plates. The Hawaii citizen’s refusal caused the Department of Customer Services to place a hold on the vehicle, disallowing future registration, which has now expired.
The Honolulu Police Department stated they could not go onto the vehicle owner’s property to remove the expired tag, but they could pull the vehicle over if they saw the driver on the road. If the driver wants to re-register the car, they will have to replace the offending tag with a standard plate.
Racism on Hawaii roads: Nearly a year after this “FCKBLM” license plate was recalled after our initial story, the owner is still refusing to surrender the plates after multiple warnings, and registration is now expired @KITV4 #BlackLivesMatter #BLM >> https://t.co/s1y5vgDhQy pic.twitter.com/9ZmxSOFtFh
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) June 3, 2022
The City and County of Honolulu stated it’s standard practice to reject any vanity plates with FCK or FKN, but this particular plate fell through the cracks.
UH Manoa Law professor Ken Lawson, a black man, stated since the plate made it through, that must mean his life doesn’t matter — at least in Hawaii. He called for the state to take action.
Do you think drivers should be able to say whatever they want on a vanity plate as an expression of free speech, or do you think they went a bit too far in this instance?
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