Skip to comments.Personalized license plate owner: It's an ode to Harleys, not racism ("DYNGR")
Posted on 12/10/2009 1:48:41 PM PST by earlJam
Personalized license plate owner: It's an ode to Harleys, not racism
By Chad D. Lerch | Muskegon Chronicle
December 10, 2009, 3:11PM
MUSKEGON COUNTY -- Richard Macaulay is a Harley-Davidson lover through and through.
The Muskegon man said he takes pride in his Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide motorcycle, which he keeps in immaculate condition.
Macaulay said he was shocked to receive a letter from the Michigan Secretary of State's office recently stating that his personalized license plate of seven years had been revoked.
The Secretary of State's office informed the retired factory worker that a complaint from a Muskegon Heights woman had surfaced, claiming the personalized tag was racially insensitive.
The plate reads: DYNGR.
Tiffany Gilmore filed the complaint last month. Gilmore, who is black, believed the plate encouraged racism toward blacks.
Macaulay says the plate, which was renewed every year without objection is an ode to his love of the Harley Davidson brand of motorcycles.
He says it's an abbreviation that blends his two favorite Harleys: The Dyna Wide Glide and the Soft Tail Springer. Over the seven years he had the plate, Macaulay said he never received objections from anyone.
His brother-in-law thought it was an abbreviation for "danger." But, he said, no one ever thought it was racially motivated.
Until last month.
After he received the complaint letter, Macaulay said it took him several minutes to figure out what the fuss was about.
"I don't think that way," he said. "It took me a while to figure it out."
"This lady assumed immediately that I was a racist skinhead," Macaulay said. "There are so many other things going on, like the war. People have nothing better to do than spend their lives being pissed off."
Macaulay said he has applied for a new personalized license plate similar to the one that has been recalled. But it lacks the letter "N" so nobody gets confused.
"I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her, but that was not my intention," he said. "People who know me know that I'm not a racist. But she didn't really know what the plate meant."
No one should be allowed to have an N on their license plates. Or B. Or L (the word lynching begins with L)
Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.
R. J. Wiedemann Lt Col. USMC Ret
This to will be resolved in the coming revolution.
Yes it is.
The racers are in fact the racists.
Time to point this out.
And here I was reading it as Dyng(a)r.
The battle cry of Ewoks.
I’m such a geek....
You’d think black people could appreciate such an amusing coincidence. Unless it’s really a secret plot to incite hate crimes, and now that I think about, you can’t trust white people, so it probably is.
“This to will be resolved in the coming revolution.”
You are most certainly correct.
“I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her, but that was not my intention,”
The dumb twit does not deserve an apology. YOU deserve one from her.
I suggest that the offended person should get a liscense plate with DMBASS
It has to do with fishing. Really.
I bet she is constantly nagging her son about something.
Of course, this could be just another Internet story everyone will be fact checking on.
What? Apologize? She is the one that sees a racist behind every bush and the reason you lost your plate!
This religion of HarleyDavidson never ceases to amaze me.
That is cruel. Once we go to 8-letter plates I'm getting EALABHAN. EAAHA just doesn't read the same. *\;-)
That’s quite a stretch. That racist must see a klansman standing behind every tree and lamppost. I’ll bet she says “Die Cracker” all the time.
Regular number plates are always safer. Except for those thousand people who were issued plates after KKJ-999.
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