For years, the Ku Klux Klan have fought to join Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program. Now, they might be one step closer towards their goal with, ironically, the help of a civil rights organization.
The White supremacy group has found an ally in The American Civil Liberties Union, according toThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution.After the KKK was repeatedly denied participation in the state’s program in 2012, a member of the organization partnered with the KKK to extend their rights.
“Adopt-A-Highway” allows organizations like non-profits, sororities, and others to declare ownership over a certain section of state highways. The KKK has their eye on a portion of concrete in North Georgia’s Blairsville area.
But the group’s underlying intention – not just their wish to clean up the roads – is on the minds of state attorneys who are worried about the image a KKK-owned highway would convey about the state. The ACLU argues the rejection of the KKK from the program denounces their right to free speech for doing a good deed.
“Accessing the Georgia courts to defend ones constitutional rights is fundamental to protect those very rights. But the state of Georgia believes Georgians only have the right to exercise defense of their most fundamental rights, only if the state says so,” she said in a statement Saturday. “It’s that kind of unchecked power that erodes individual liberty guaranteed to each Georgian by the U.S. and Georgia state Constitution.”
The state begs to differ: “Erecting an [Adopt-A-Highway] Program sign with the KKK’s name on it would have the effect of erecting a sign announcing that ‘the State of Georgia has declared this area Klan Country,’” the state’s legal brief read. “Such a statement is absurd and would date this state back decades.”
What do you think? Should the community service program allow the KKK to “adopt” a highway?