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Should the KKK be allowed to Adopt a Highway in Georgia?

The Georgia Department of Transportation is reportedly in the process of reviewing an application from the Ku Klux Klan under the Adopt-A-Highway program. Should this be rejected or would that violate free speech?

The state Department of Transportation is in a bit of a quandary. According to a report by Fox News, it has received an application from the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a stretch of highway in north Georgia under the Adopt-A-Highway program. The problem is, any stretch of road adopted carries a sign heralding the civic organizations participation in keeping the highway’s clean.

If the KKK application is approved, KKK members would be cleaning up a stretch of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains near the North Carolina border. The application is from the International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County. There are reportedly fears that if the state denies the application, it will be in violation of the Constitution’s protection of free speech. Legally, it is not as clear cut as many might hope. A legal battle over the same issue in 2005 in Missouri is reported to have eventually come out on the side of the KKK. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court is reported to have ruled that maintaining membership in the program could not be denied because of the beliefs of the group. A costly legal battle is something that could impact the already financially-strapped state DOT.

So what do you think? Should this application be denied or does that violate free speech?

e.t. sims June 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
looks like I've stirred up a shlitz storm here! just so ya'll don't think I'm speaking strictly from a wasp point of view, know that I'm a 50 something year old NATIVE Southerner (native as in I was born here AND I'm Cherokee) I'm also a card carrying member of the Boy Scouts, NRA,Sons of Coinfederate Veterans,Red Nation,but not the kkk. I was around when the kkk was a respected organization here. When they're main objective was to make sure people respected one another & lived by the rules .Reminded cheating /lazy spouses(all races) that type behaviour would not be tolerated in our communities. Before it evolved into the mostly racist group we know today. as far as being an intimidating,feared organization, I was here in the 60's & remember the race riots & yes we were intimidated &fearful of the naacp, sclc,aflcio,black panthers, whenever we left our homes. So I still say if the kkk wants to pick up trash on the side of some of our roads, let them! its not like any of those other groups are gonna be there to cause any type of confrontation.
thatguy June 13, 2012 at 08:07 PM
e.t. sims There's nothing wrong with a debate as long as it's civil. Although we don't know that the other groups you mentioned don't help out in the community like you imply. Also, why did the riots occur? Cause and effect. Sometimes we focus heavily on the effect and not enough on the cause. We pass laws to address the effect but not the cause. There is always a reason/cause.
e.t. sims June 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Like I said I'm Cherokee anyone out there want to give me a hard time about discrimination against my ancestors? you think slavery was bad try the Trail of Tears Wounded Knee, Sand Creek,Cheif Joseph &the Nez-Perce do I need to go on? our land was stolen by force &deceit then we were forcibly removed from our rightful home and lands &in the end just killed for the sport of it!Do we blame "whitey" because our young men are in prison or on crack? do we whimper &moan because the kkk wants to clean up the trash on the side of the road, because someone might be offended?Some might.I am offended when my tax dollars are given to someone who just doesn't want to work ,when I get up every morning and put in a full day every day &don't ask anyone for anything I haven't earned by my own labors. I'm bout done w/ all this sounds to me like some folks need to stand up on their own two hind legs put on their big boy panties &toughen -up there's allways gonna be something to complain about if you want to this just ain't it, if the kkk wants to improve their public image by pickin up trash, great! let em, just one less thing for the rest of us to have to do!
thatguy June 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
e.t. sims said: "Do we blame "whitey" because our young men are in prison or on crack? do we whimper &moan because the kkk wants to clean up the trash on the side of the road, because someone might be offended?Some might.I am offended when my tax dollars are given to someone who just doesn't want to work ,when I get up every morning and put in a full day every day &don't ask anyone for anything I haven't earned by my own labors" There's much more to the situation then what you just discribed. But you don't seem the type to want to know more than whats on the surface. Just for fun search New York's Stop and Frisk Policy and tell me if it's just "lazy people who just want to blame whitey" for everything, or if the numbers show that there really is something deeper. I came up in that system and I can tell you, the majority of the people I knew who spent time on welfare "worked their arses off". My mom is Dyslexic but wasn't identified until adulthood. Until then she was just labeled as stupid and lazy. However, I don't remember a time when she wasn't working at least 1 job sometimes 2. Some media outlets paint just enough of a picture to get people to believe the problem rests solely on minorities cause they're "lazy and want a handout". There are lazy and bad people evenly in every race. Only minorites are "identified" or "label" lazy because of certain individuals.
Jeffrey Allen June 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
If the Klan did this to seek publicity then they have succeeded. Best thing to do would have been to rubber stamp the app and let it fade into obscurity and not give it the media attention it now has. The KKK exists to promote division and mistrust. By placing the app in the first place they put the state in a no win situation...To approve it would mean an outcry; to deny, pretty much the same. I would not have wanted to be the descision maker on this matter. Still, what can you do? You hold your nose and approve the application. There's simply no legal way out of it, and you deny the klan whining rights for the denial. Maybe they even tidy the roads up and do something civil for a change.

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