Georgia: KKK Won’t Be Allowed To Adopt A Highway

As invariably happens, especially in a story with natural racial overtones, when a conservative tries to point out where the obvious hypocrisy would be, I’ll be branded a racist. But here goes anyway. A one mile stretch of highway in North Georgia will remain unkept, at least until another, more suitable group applies to adopt it. A local KKK group filled out the proper paperwork and wanted to adopt a one mile stretch of state route 515, but they are being denied the opportunity.

From CNN:

Keith Golden, commissioner for the state Department of Transportation, wrote the chapter’s secretary that officials determined the mountain roadway, with a speed limit of 65 mph, was not a safe place for cleanup volunteers to work.

Golden’s letter to April Chambers cited other concerns.

“The impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long-rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern,” he wrote. “Impacts include safety of the traveling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction or interference with the flow of traffic.”

While I don’t deny that it would be in poor taste to erect a sign with KKK on it in a prominent way, I just can’t help but wonder if Georgia state officials would have denied The Black Panthers the same opportunity? Just a question.

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Posted by on June 12, 2012.
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  • herddog505

    Look, it would present a traffic menace: somebody might run them down. Damned shame… Plus, blood and body parts might get on the road, creating a real eyesore. The idea is to CLEAN UP the road.

  • retired.military

    I, for one, am glad they were denied.  We have enough ignorance on public display from the current administration.

  • Hugh_G

    I have a better question – for the author. Why would you even think of something as ridiculous as that question? The New Black Panthers are as racist as the KKK.

    Second question – the KKK adopting a highway in Georgia of all places – just “poor taste”?

    Talk about being tone deaf.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Shawn

    Good.

    There’s enough trash on the side of the highway already.

  • ackwired

    Some other groups you might wonder about:

    American Aryan Reich
    American Vision
    Aryan Nation
    Aryan Terror Brigade
    Council of Conservative Citizens
    Covenant People’s Ministry
    Creativity Alliance
    Crusaders for Yahweh
    European-American Unity and Rights Organization
    Georgia Militia
    Islam: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)
    League of the South
    Nation of Islam
    National Alliance
    National Black Foot Sodier’s Network
    National Policy Institute
    National Socialist American Labor Party
    National Socialist Movement
    Occidental Quarterly/Charles Martel Society
    Old Glory Skinheads
    Society for the Practical Establishment and Perpetuation of the Ten Commandments
    Sons of Thundr
    Supreme White Alliance

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      How about if I don’t, but say that I did?  Will I get full credit if I do, or do I have to actually wonder about them?

    • Commander_Chico

      Seems like you’re lumping a lot of groups and people in together.  Sure, many have unpopular and even nutty and odious views, but how many are violent?

      Is the Society for the Practical Establishment and Perpetuation of the Ten Commandments, the National Policy Institute, your local mosque and The Occidental Quarterly really the same as the Aryan Terror Brigade (and I’m only taking my cue off of the word “terror” there)?  

      Looks like you’re taking your cue from the SPLC/Political Research Associates demonization of peaceful but unpopular groups to suppress free speech.

      • Guest

        Glad somebody decided to stand up for the Old Glory Skinheads.

        not.

      • jim_m

         Looks like you’re taking your cue from the SPLC/Political Research
        Associates demonization of peaceful but unpopular groups to suppress
        free speech.

        But ackwired assures us on another thread that liberals are all about “Liberty”.  How could it be that they are interested in suppressing the free speech rights of people that they disagree with?

        /sarcasm

        • herddog505

          IS this “free speech”?  I can see where it might be included under that rubric.

          I’m really conflicted on this.  I detest the klan and have visions of somebody doing a Blues Brothers to them with a bit more blood and fatalities, but, on the other hand, why should they not have the same right to tidy up a section of highway as (God help me) the Boy Scouts, a church, a club, or some other organization?

          • jim_m

             Are not Americans with ugly attitudes still Americans and still deserving of being allowed to make the country (or in this case the state highway) a better place by donating their hard work? 

          • herddog505

            You’re right, of course.  Still, I won’t cry if somebody runs them down.

        • ackwired

          Let’s not drift too far from the facts, here.  On another thread I said that the only things that unites liberals is a concern for individual freedom and a lack of concern about the corresponding responsibilities.  I have never suggested that liberals are all about liberty.

          • jim_m

             I recall the “concern about individual freedom” part.  I must have missed the lack of concern for individual responsibility part, but I certainly have no argument with the latter.

            But you did make the analogy that liberals were called “liberal” because they believed in individual liberty

          • ackwired

            I can see how that might have been interpreted to mean that they are all about liberty.  The reference to the same root word was in response to a question about how long liberals had been concerned about liberties, and was not meant to meant to identify current core beliefs.

      • ackwired

        You are right.  They are all identified as hate groups located in Georgia by the SPLC.  If one is going to wonder about the Black Panthers (which to my knowledge is not located in Georgia), why would you not wonder about the hate groups that are located in Georgia?

        • Commander_Chico

          The SPLC will identify you as a dangerous hater if you tell a Don Rickles joke.

          But they identified all of Islam as a hate group and the National Policy Institute?

          Maybe they should auto-identify as a hate group.

          • jim_m

             But they identified all of Islam as a hate group

            Even a stopped watch is correct twice a day.

          • Commander_Chico

            Perhaps, but why stop there with religions?

          • ackwired

            Actually the name of the group identified is the entire phrase:

            Islam: The Religion of Peace (and a big stack of dead bodies)

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Well, dead bodies are inherently peaceful.  They don’t make much noise (except when they fall over).

            At least, until the flies find them.

          • ackwired

            They identify the National Policy Institute as a White Nationalist group in Augusta, Georgia.

          • Commander_Chico

            They also attacked a prominent black academic, Carol Swain, who wrote about white nationalism.  They are a non-profit thought police.

            http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704335904574496250622719022.html

    • Evil Otto

       Why would I wonder about them?

      • ackwired

        The author wondered about the Black Panthers.  It seemed to me that if he wondered about a group that to my knowledge is not located in Georgia, he might very well wonder about the hate groups that are located in Gerogia.

  • Commander_Chico

    Seems unconstitutional to me.  The KKK has sponsored highway stretches in other places.

    Let the KKK and the Black Panthers compete for the cleanest highway.  Although I don’t equate the Black Panthers to the KKK, at least the old Black Panthers; they were a liberation group.

    • herddog505

      Based on what little I’ve seen, I believe that you’re correct and the kkk will likely prevail if they sue the state of Georgia over this.

      • Commander_Chico

        Some of those groups make their living on Civil Rights lawsuits.  Ironic.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          It is, isn’t it?

    • jim_m

       You know it’s just possible that if we let these groups start being responsible for this country that they start becoming more interested in what’s good for the country and focused less on their irrational hate.  It’s possible, not necessarily likely.

  • Guest

    They should do what Missouri did.  Allow KKK to adopt the road, but rename it Rosa Parks Highway. 

    • Commander_Chico

      Yes, the state has freedom of speech, too.

      • 914

        not

  • Evil Otto

    I hate the KKK. They took my baby away.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT1OKo1rT84

  • 914

    I wonder if the occupy poopsquatters applied for a permit would they be denied?  Aww forget it! Thats right, they are the ones everybody else cleans up after..

    I bet if it was ‘Sheets Byrd’ stretch of the highway it would be in the ‘mainstream’ of liberal hypocrisy?

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      You could always send ‘em out to scavenge.  “Hey, look at all the free stuff, man!”