A complaint by a California resident has led to the recall of over 700 Kansas license plates.
The state announced it is recalling all plates that contain the random letters “JAP” after the man claimed it was a “racial slur” aimed at Japanese heritage.
In 2017 Keith Kawamoto saw a car from Kansas with the letters “JAP” on its plates, tooling around Culver City, Calif. He was outraged. After several letters to the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles and Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, Kawamoto received an official apology.
“I let them know it is considered a very derogatory racial slur and I don’t think it should be allowed anywhere,” Kawamoto said.
But an apology wasn’t enough. Kawamoto, who is of Japanese descent, wanted all of the plates removed from Kansas streets and now the state is complying by recalling all 731 registrations containing the random letters.
Henceforth the letters “JAP” have forever been banned from the random computer generation that spits out combinations of letters and numbers.
This week vehicle owners across the state are receiving letters asking for a voluntary return within 30 days for a replacement. If vehicles owners do not comply, the plates will automatically be replaced at the normal renewal date.
The state has not revealed how much the premature replacement will cost Kansas taxpayers who will foot the bill.
The news comes at a time when polls say the vast majority of Americans, almost 80% across all ethnicities, ages, income levels and education, are concerned about the increase in politically correct thought and over-reaction to mundane and innocent coincidences.
Americans believe that the new reality of political correctness is destroying the social fabric by creating a permanent class of those who are always offended and an even larger group that are constantly forced to apologize–for everything.
The Atlantic Magazine reported on the phenomenon in October when it cited a detailed study of the issue.
It found that 8% of Americans have extreme liberal views that are far outside the mainstream of America. It also found that there is an extreme on the right.
But it is this 8% of extreme liberals that are trying to create a national “safe space” where no one is ever offended, by anything, anywhere.
“By contrast,” the report states, “the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an ‘exhausted majority.’ Their members ‘share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.’
The magazine reports that the vast majority of members of this “exhausted majority,” reject political correctness.
According to the study over 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” “Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74 percent ages 24 to 29, and 79 percent under age 24,” the study discovered.
The magazine, which is typically left-leaning, seems to side with the view that we’re all just exhausted with the unending series of offenses that people find in everyday life.
“On this particular issue,” the magazine states, “the woke are in a clear minority across all ages.”