In guilty-conscience news, the Arkansas Office of Motor Vehicles is making amends for hundreds of standard-issue license plates that some motorists have interpreted as racist. Generally oblivious, the gaffe was brought to the attention of the Office of Motor Vehicles by offended Arkansas residents.
Apparently, the license plates in question bear the letter combination “NGR”, which some have taken to represent an abbreviation for a notorious, offensive racial slur. While personalized plates are screened for inappropriate material via both computer and OMV employee, standard-issue plates are randomly computer-generated and printed. Although largely an efficient system, the lack of manual screening for obscene material on standard-issue plates can be held accountable for the discrepancy.
Some motorists assert that the controversial content amounts to little more than an unfortunate computer error, and subsequently do not feel offended. Anxious to avoid the shadow of their stereotypical Southern image, Arkansas has taken immediate action to remove and replace the offensive plates, explaining that “they must consider who may see the plates on other cars on the highway and become offended.”
[Source: Arkansas Local News]