Georgia Rejects Ku Klux Klan Bid to ‘Adopt’ Highway
One of the mainstreaming ploys that white supremacist organizations use is to portray themselves as civic minded or family oriented through programs like “Adopt a Highway” and “Toys for tots” that everyone supports and agrees with. Don’t believe it for a second, it’s just the bad guys trying to convince both themselves and you that they are the good guys.
A Ku Klux Klan chapter’s request to “adopt” a stretch of road in Georgia was rejected by state authorities on Tuesday, setting up a possible court fight over the right of the white supremacist group to participate in the highway clean-up program.
Under adopt-a-highway initiatives in Georgia and other U.S. states, groups volunteer to pick up trash and plant trees along the highway. Road signs are typically installed to recognize the organizations’ efforts.
Georgia cited public safety concerns in denying the Union County Klan’s application to participate in the program.
“The impact of erecting a road sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern,” the Georgia Department of Transportation wrote the Klan chapter.