White Supremacist Exposed? Nah, Just a NASCAR Fan
"Everything I needed to learn about Islam I learned on 9/11," said the decal, and just below it was the Virginia license tag with the ID of "14CV88."
The "CV' part of the plate was clear enough: the owner is a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the state Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes the group as a legitimate organization with a right to have customized "CV" tags.
But when a photo of the truck with the big 9/11 decal went viral on the web last week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations saw a much darker message in the license plate.
The number 88 stood for for the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, doubled to signify "Heil Hitler," the Post reported. And the number 14 was a code for white supremacist David Lane's 14-word motto: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The Post editors knew a good story when they saw one, and the headline blared: "Virginia stamps out license to hate: DMV recalls plate with coded racist message."
The original story did not reveal the name of the truck owner, because the DMV would not release it.
The truck owner, Douglas Story of Chantilly, called the Post Wednesday, and said, "There is absolutely no way I'd have anything to do with Hitler or Nazis."
The Post went on to report: "Story says the numbers 14 and 88 on his plate were not references to a white power slogan or "Heil Hitler," as the Council on American-Islamic Relations theorized, but an homage to his favorite NASCAR drivers: Tony Stewart, who drives car No. 14, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who drives No. 88."