For Oklahomans “looking to show their terror-fighting pride while tearing up the asphalt,” the Oklahoma Tax Commission has extended the deadline to order the global war on terrorism license plate. Officials had set a May 31 deadline for the $37 vanity plate that features a bald eagle transposed in front of the Twin Towers. See the plate design below:
Yes, this is crass and disturbing on many levels. The part of the story worth focusing on, however, is the choice not to use a picture of Oklahoma's own terror-related tragedy, the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. If this plate, like all vanity plates, is a statement, that's the part that "says" the most.
Meanwhile, take a look at the OK City bombing plate. You wouldn't think a terrorist attack on Oklahoma soil would prompt such a different reaction.