Swastika license plate vanity causes controversy

SAN DIEGO - A vanity license plate on one man's car is causing outrage. The message on the license plate isn't readily seen at first glance, but when you see the symbol above it, the message becomes all too clear.

The plate has two words, "not see." It is a slight spelling variation for "Nazi," a word that represents racism and persecution. Above the plate is a swastika.

A 10news viewer sent in a photo of the plate. 10News ran it through the DMV and tracked down the owner, Shawn Calpito.

"This is a guy who is promoting racial hatred," said civil rights attorney Jim McElroy.
The DMV regulates every vanity license plate.

"This one is so subtle that without the other symbol, there's no way for someone regulating this to realize this is supporting Nazis," said McElroy.

Some may argue the man has a right to free speech.

"This is not what I would call a legitimate political belief, this is hatred," said McElroy. "The Nazis annihilated 6 million Jews."

Do you think the license plate is freedom of speech or a profession of hatred?

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