“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, October 19, 2023

White Supremacist License Plate

 I just wrote the Texas DMV, and so should you if you see something like this: 

Hello--while driving my son to school with my wife yesterday, I saw a white SUV with the license plate "SPQR 1." (This was in Houston.) I know enough about the Roman empire (I studied Latin in high school) to know that this was a Roman symbol, and I suspected that it might be a white supremacist license plate. 

Doing some further research, I figured this might well be true: https://hyperallergic.com/457510/the-misuse-of-an-ancient-roman-acronym-by-white-nationalist-groups/

Would it be possible please to prevent people from getting such provocative license plates? 

Yours sincerely, Timothy Morton 

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