With the Supreme Court's ruling enabling Texas drivers to refuse putting license plates which contain images of the confederate flag on their vehicles, there is some dispute between voters on the matter of whether or not drivers are endorsing a message by the government, or if the license plates are a reflection of the owner.

Though Samuel Alito argued that this decision threatens private speech that the government finds displeasing, others like Breyer state that when the government speaks it is entitled to promote a program, to espouse a policy or to take a position, meaning that the government can say what it likes on a particular issue, and choose not to promote message or idea if they deem offensive.

The debate of whether these license plates are a part of government speech is a bigger than the question itself because it stems from a time in history when people of color were oppressed and discriminated against, thus the decision to reject any plate that promotes hatred toward groups is one that is non debatable, because people do not have to promote something they find offensive.

Sotomayor and Breyer who voted in favor of the decision felt that Texas did not violate the first amendment by refusing to put these specialty plates that contain images of the confederate flag on their cars. Their decision however would receive criticism from the other voters who disagreed that the license plates were a part of government speech.

Alito says that the specialty plates which contain images are a reflection of the owner, and not the state, and by censoring these images, it could potentially hurt free speech.

The Supreme Court's ruling has made groups like the sons of confederate veterans question the government's right to keep drivers from wearing these plates on their cars, because they feel that restricting the image goes against their freedom of speech.

The Supreme Court says that the government has the right to determine the message being conveyed on these plates.

Texas has refused to wear the plates that feature the confederate flag because they feel it is offensive, a symbol that some associate with white supremacy and hate toward people, something that should be taken into consideration given the long existing history of the confederate flag, and the fact that it is considered an expression of hate and negativity to other races.

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