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Dear PoPville – Should this License Plate be Allowed even if it is Unintentionally Offensive?

by Prince Of Petworth July 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm 122 Comments

Hateful DC license plate

“Dear PoPville,

We have twice seen the vanity license plate with the name “N1GR8TR” (see photo attached).

As an African American professional living in the District this was pretty disturbing. One can only assume this is translated into “ni*ger hater” or “ni*gerator”. Either way, we would like to know how the DC government could allow this hateful “slogan” to be put on a license plate in a city.

Could you help us get an answer from the DC government and perhaps readers can let us know if its possible to ask that a license plate be recalled due to a hateful saying.”

DC DMV replied:

“To me, this license plate says none or possibly no one greater. What is the person finding offensive about it?”

They have not responded to the OP’s explanation above.

Update 1:48pm: By telephone DC DMV reiterated that the license plate stands for no one greater. They would not comment on the OP’s interpretation.

Update via email 1:59pm:

“Since the license plate stands for “no one greater,” DC DMV does not have a basis to recall it.”

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