Kansas recalls hundreds of license plates over concern of racial slur

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TOPEKA, Kan. (NEXSTAR) – Kansas officials are recalling hundreds of license plates over concerns that a letter combination might be seen as a racial slur.

Zach Fletcher, a spokesman for the Department of Revenue, told The Kansas City Star in a statement that the letters NGA are a combination that “if read as a phrase, can be perceived to read as a racial epithet.”

Fletcher said there are 828 license plates under recall, and the state has sent letters to the vehicle owners warning that a failure to return the license plates could result in being ticketed.

It’s not the first time Kansas has ordered such a recall.

In November of 2018, the Department of Revenue recalled more than 700 license plates bearing the letter combination “JAP.”

Officials issued the recall after a motorist took a photo of one of the license plates in Culver City, California. The picture ran in a newspaper published by the Japanese American Citizens League, prompting complaints to the Department of Revenue.

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