Whoever gets paid to review vanity plate applications in Minnesota may need to dust off their resume after letting this one slip through. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota revoked and took possession of car license plates that read “FMUSLMS,” according to a news release from the office of Gov. Mark Dayton.
It capped off a weekend of protests from St. Cloud residents dismayed by what they saw as a divisive message directed at the region’s Islamic population.
The unindentified owner was also due for some public scolding from Dayton: “I am appalled that this license plate was issued by the State of Minnesota,” he said in a statement. “It is offensive, and the person who requested it should be ashamed. That prejudice has no place in Minnesota.”
St. Cloud, located in central Minnesota, has become a center of cultural tension between the majority white population and Muslim immigrants. Backlash against the vanity plate was fomented by community activist Haji Yusuf, who runs an organization called #UniteCloud focused on combating prejudice against the immigrant population.
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