Richmond, VA – The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday recalled a license plate that appeared to have coded references glorifying Adolf Hitler.
The vanity plate, which read “14CV88,” was the subject of complaints after photos were posted online.
The “88” is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eighth letter of the alphabet.
The “14” is thought to stand for the number of words in a white supremacist credo. The “CV” is an apparent reference to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations was among the groups offended by the plate. The truck bearing the plates also featured graphics of the Confederate flag and the phrase “Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.”
DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said the specialized plate, which featured the logo of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was issued in March 2009. She declined to specify the county where the plate was registered. After reviewing the complaints, Goheen said a DMV committee determined that the letters and numbers could reasonably be construed as racially or ethnically disparaging.