(WICHITA, Kan.) – Kansas is recalling hundreds of license plates in the streets with the letter ıl JAP yüzlerce following complaints of ethnic aggression against Japanese Americans.
The Kansas Department of Revenue said that the standard plates contain 731 active records that include this randomized letter combination. Car owners were not sent a post on Tuesday to be sent back to the authority of the plate within 30 days were not charged any fee. During this time, the unmodified plates will be defined in the state system and will be replaced in the annual renewal process.
The problem came about last year when Keith Kawamoto found and photographed a car with an Kansas license plate in traffic near his home in Culver City, California. 70-year-old California man, Gov. He wrote a few letters to the Kansas authorities, including Jeff Colyer.
. I don't think that they are considered a very humiliating racist slope and that they shouldn't be allowed anywhere, Kaw Kawamoto said.
He received an apology from the motor vehicles division, but Kawamoto asked Kansas to recall the boards.
The photo of the Kansas plate of Kawamoto was first published by Pacific Citizen, the newspaper of the American Union of American Citizens.
Barbara Johnson, a 67-year-old Japanese-American woman in Abilene, Kansas, saw a picture of Kawamoto's record of withdrawing the story of the Pacific Americans and restoring the memories of her own childhood.
Ve Pearl Harbor and II. It was not a good time to be Japanese because of World War II. Miş I remember it vividly as a child called Japanese – and it made me feel so small and hurt. “
Johnson knew that the plate was not a make-up plate with the aggressive slurry, and he said that perhaps he thought the Kansas authorities yetkililer didn't know what it means anymore saldırgan, because this was World War I a few generations ago. "
Together with her husband Rick, the Kansasese couple thought they could do what California couldn't do last year: they recalled the plates and they went off the road.
. I'm delighted to know there's someone in the government who wants to hear the story from our side, and wants to get to know him and proactively act accordingly, Rick said Rick Johnson.
Kansas State Department spokesman Rachel Whitten, said the issue came before the review board. It decided to draw any license plate valid in late October in çekmek JAP “writing and to restrict its use in future boards.
. We take such complaints very seriously, and we appreciate that it is brought to our attention, Wh said Whitten.