Skip to comments.Kansas Recalls More Than 700 License Plates With Racial Slur on Them
Posted on 11/29/2018 11:21:22 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
When Barbara Johnson, a 67-year-old Japanese-American Kansas resident, saw a license plate in her state with JAP on it, she told the Associated Press she still vividly recalls being called Japand how it made [her] feel so small and hurt as a child born about six years after World War II. There are more than 700 Kansas plates with that lettering, and, after about a year of complaints, the state is now recalling them.
The AP reports that Kansas Department of Revenue said there are 731 active license plates with JAP in their lettering, and that the plates in that count are standard ones with random letter combinations, not personalized ones. Owners with those plates got a letter on Tuesday asking them to trade the plates out at their county vehicle office for free within the next 30 days, and those who dont get it done by then will get the plates replaced at their annual renewal.
But the states been hearing about the plates for a year or so, that we know of, before this recall. The AP reports that California resident Keith Kawamoto saw a Kansas plate with that lettering on it in his home state last year, took a photo and sent letters to officials including Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer.
Kawamoto, 70, said he got an apology letter back, but that he wanted the plates to be recalled. From the AP:
I let them know it is considered a very derogatory racial slur and I dont think it should be allowed anywhere, Kawamoto said. [...]
Kawamotos photo of the Kansas plate was first published by the Pacific Citizen , the newspaper of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Barbara Johnson and her husband Rick Johnson saw the photo of the license plate online, and attempted to get it and the others recalled, as Kawamoto hadnt been able to do from California. The AP reports that Kansas Department of Revenue spokesperson Rachel Whitten said the department decided to pull the plates with JAP written across them in late October, and restrict the combination from showing up on future plates.
It was very gratifying to know there is someone in government that was willing to hear our side of the story and to recognize it and to proactively act on it as quickly as it did, Rick Johnson told the AP.
People are way to easily offended and I do not appreciate the snowflakes holding the rest of the world hostage to their delicate sensibilities.
License Plate Oppression.
Everybody wants to be a victim.
No one was thinking. The dies were just spitting out numbers in alphabetical order like they were supposed to.
I guess Jewish American Princess is a no go....................
“JIP” is a stereotype
“JOB” might scare some people.
This is why, every couple of hundred years, we need a culling of the herd........
There probably are many plates that start with “W O P”, etc. in several states.
Do people just drive around looking for something to be offended about??
Are they going to do it with all the permutations with HEB?
JAP is my initials and my email address. I resent the fact that Kansas is referring to my initials as a racial slur, and I demand they not recall the liscence plates.
As an American with Italian blood, I dont mind WOP. We’ve heard it all. We’re not a bunch of limp-wristed snowflakes who would get triggered when someone orders a Whopper..
I heard that phrase a lot in the 80’s. A little after Valley Girl was a hit record.
“I heard that phrase a lot in the 80s”
Me too, used it then and I use that word to this day in reference to being cut in on or cut off in traffic. I have no idea where the connection is.
Awe, come on now! What ever happened to sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me? Sheesh!
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