|If these people want to pick up the trash, I say let 'em! They only looking out for the road! Far right groups once again thrive in divisiveness and division. The oldest far right hate group, the Ku Klux Klan has been agitating the public by pulling off publicity stunts in order to recruit members. This Adopt-A-Highway controversy is a tool for members to claim that their organization is willing to help the community! They referring to the White community, of course!|
In the south, the far right groups thrive under the sun drinking lemonade, eating some fried chicken and a bit of good old fashion grits. The perfect summer. But deep down in Georgia, the Ku Klux Klan, the longest known and most notorious anti-Black group is once again trying to agitate the public. They want to get involved in helping out the community!
We mean the "WHITE" community!
In Georgia, the International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied for a portion of Union County's State Highway 515 and it was denied by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
According to ABC News, the GDOT also said that the section of roadway requested is ineligible for adoption because its posted speed limit of 65 mph exceeds the program's maximum of 55 mph. A letter of denial is being sent to the group.
The KKK group member who submitted the application did not respond to request for comment.
"The state of Georgia is absolutely shameful in even considering an application from the KKK," Democratic State Rep. Tyrone Brooks told ABCNews.com. "If the state will accept an application from the KKK, we may as well get ready to accept applications from the Nazi party, Taliban, al Qaeda and Aryan Nation."
The group dismissed Brooks' comments.
"What we're trying to do is something positive and this Tyrone Brooks is trying to raise a stink about it. We just want to do something good for the community," a representative of the KKK group, who would only agree to be identified as the "Imperial Wizard," told ABCNews.com.
The man was adamant that his real name not be used, in order to protect his job and family, he said.
"[Brooks is] coming out and calling the Klan a terrorist organization. Prove it in black and white that the U.S. government has labeled us a terrorist organization," the Imperial Wizard said. "Prove it. He needs to prove it. I challenge him."
The Imperial Wizard insisted that the Klan does not commit criminal acts and that "everybody has a past they want to forget about."
When asked if he maintained the beliefs of the KKK, notorious for violently condemning minorities and religious beliefs that conflict with their own, the Imperial Wizard said, "I'm a separatist. I'm not a racist. I believe in the separation of the races. It was originally printed in the Bible."
The Georgia Department of Transportation says on its website, "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 case is similar to one in Missouri that turned into a lengthy legal battle. When a KKK group tried to adopt a Missouri road, the state tried to prevent it. The state eventually lost when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that membership in the "Adopt-a-Highway" program cannot be denied because of a group's political beliefs.
Brooks said he wants Georgia's story to end differently.
"I think the state of Georgia should send a loud, clear message that we are not going to allow the KKK to adopt our highways and byways," he said. "Say that firmly and then let the chips fall where they fall."