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KKK wants to adopt a highway

Posted by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/11/us/georgia-kkk-highway/index.html?hpt=hp_t2


Atlanta (CNN) -- A North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to "adopt" a stretch of highway in Union County, Georgia, according to paperwork obtained by CNN on Monday.

The application, which would allow the white supremacy group to receive state recognition for cleaning up a one-mile portion of a highway, was filed by the International Keystone Knights of the KKK on May 21.

If the Georgia Department of Transportation accepts the application, the KKK would be responsible for cleaning litter on a part of Georgia State Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains near the North Carolina border.

"All we want to do is adopt a highway," said April Chambers, the chapter's secretary. "We're not doing it for publicity. We're doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash out on the side of the road ... that ain't right."

Jill Goldberg, a Georgia DOT spokeswoman, confirmed the application but said, "the department is deferring comment beyond that, however, until a resolution is determined."

DOT officials will discuss the matter Monday with representatives from the state attorney general's office, she said.

Chambers told CNN she didn't know anything about that meeting but said the group is supposed to meet with the DOT at some point. State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, has been working against the group's adoption application, she said.

"We're not racists," Chambers said Monday. "We just want to be with white people. If that's a crime, then I don't know. It's all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can't be white and proud. I don't understand it."

A similar request in Missouri set off a legal battle that stretched for years and went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Ku Klux Klan chapter sought to adopt a portion of Interstate 55. A federal appeals court ruled the state could not bar the KKK from participating in the program, and the high court declined to review the case, letting that ruling stand.

However, the Missouri Department of Transportation eventually kicked the KKK out of the program because members were not picking up trash as agreed, spokesman Bob Brendel said Monday. The state also named the stretch of I-55 after civil rights activist Rosa Parks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Georgia has been participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program for more than 20 years. The program provides advertising for sponsors who agree to clean a stretch of road on a sign posted along the stretch.

"Any civic-minded organization, business, individual, family, city, county, state, or federal agency is welcome to volunteer in the Georgia Adopt-A-Highway program," the DOT website says.

There is no charge to sponsors, Goldberg said. "We provide the safety vest and materials to collect the trash. We provide what's needed to do the program ... their contribution is the labor."

Chambers said the group is more than 100 strong. "We have a lot of support," she said.

"I don't see why we can't (adopt the stretch of highway)," she said. "Would it be any different if it was the Black Panthers or something? Someone always has some kind of race card."

On its website, the International Keystone Knights of the KKK says it is "fed up with the Federal tyranny and oppression of Reconstruction, and the time was ripe for Clandestine Armed Resistance."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, lists the KKK as "the most infamous -- and oldest -- of American hate groups."

"Over the years since it was formed in December 1865, the Klan has typically seen itself as a Christian organization, although in modern times Klan groups are motivated by a variety of theological and political ideologies," the law center's website says.

"We're not a hate group," Chambers insisted Monday. "We don't hate anybody. We're just white people that want to stick with white people. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) wants to stick with black people. Just because I'm white, I can't stick with my own group?"







I think they should able to do this.

by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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jlo1313
by Silver Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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 They should let them adopt a highway, then all the non-white groups can drive by and throw more trash out for them to pick up and chastise their group for being racists as they do it.  Sounds fair to me.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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Listen up litterers. If the KKK thinks 'you ain't right...' then there really is a special place in the 4th circle o hell reserved just for you.
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Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM

 Not a good idea.

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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sidesplittinglaughter 

Quoting Momniscient:

Listen up litterers. If the KKK thinks 'you ain't right...' then there really is a special place in the 4th circle o hell reserved just for you.

 

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katy_kay08
by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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I think the answer is to do away with the signs that advertise who is cleaning up the area.  IMO, charitable work should be done anonymously and if the motivation is to keep their city clean and not the advertising then the signs should not matter.  

GLWerth
by Gina on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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I'm still cracking up over the part where they insist they aren't a hate group.

But, Katy's idea is a good one....just clean stuff up and don't worry about the advertising.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM
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I can only imagine the brilliance that is Ms. Chambers. "It ain't right!"
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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I agree with the idea that the signs are not needed. If it really is for the cause of cleaning up it shouldn't matter right.

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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Which is worse, the trash on the highway or the trash picking it up?
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Tanya93
by on Jun. 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I think you would see a lot fewer adoptions if there weren't any signs.


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