ACLU to Defend KKK's Right to Clean Up Georgia Highway

The American Civil Liberties Union has reportedly agreed to take on the case of the Ku Klux Klan's right to clean up a Georgia highway.

Talk about strange bedfellows. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to take on the case of the Ku Klux Klan's right to adopt and clean up a Georgia highway. Debbie Seagraves, executive director for the ACLU of Georgia, confirmed to the AJC that the organization would take on the case as a First Amendment issue.

The application made the news last month After consultation with Gov. Nathan Deal, the , citing as a reason that it would create a distraction to motorists.

"Further, promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern to the Department," GDOT officials said in a press release in support of the denial. "Finally, issuing this permit would have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life, commerce and economic development of Union County and all of Georgia."

GDOT had a lot of encouragement to deny the application, including a petition drive on Change.org by Nioshii Wilde, an Atlanta-based visual artist and civil rights advocate. However, many believed it would not stand and was likely to face a challenge. A similar case in 2005 in Missouri was reportedly overturned and came out on the side of the KKK.

Grant June 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
So vote YES on TSPLOST so the GDOT can pay the Klan and a bunch of lawyers after they lose this case ? More short sighted and wasteful government in action .
Shannon Hunter June 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I sided with the GA DOT to begin with, but now I've thought about it a little more... Why not grant this terrible union of horrible people this privilege? What a sight to behold. White trash, close minded, arrogant idiots picking up trash after every other nationality, that they "hate". Wouldn't that be some poetic justice? What are they going to wear? Giant white hoods and robes? Please. Their identities will then also be revealed to every onlooker, giving people a look in the face of the evil that has tortured so many, for no other reason than their own inane hate. Please grant these morons a piece of God's earth to keep pristine.
Sharon Swanepoel June 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Personally, I think that GDOT's denial was just symbolic. As soon as they are challenged, they will reverse it. Well, maybe that's what I hope they'll do instead spending all that money to defend it, only to lose it. If the ACLU took it, they obviously knew it wouldn't withstand a challenge on the basis of a First Amendment violation, no matter how offensive we might find the particular organization in question.


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