In Blairsville, Georgia, a group known as the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Union County has become disgusted by the filth seen on Highway 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The group has decided to do something about litter on the road by joining Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program for litter removal. This is a 23 year old program in the state that honors civic groups that take time out of their busy schedules to pick up trash (honestly the job of the state) by honoring that group with a sign.
According to the GADOT department’s 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,”. But liberal groups in Georgia that are against the American right to free speech, are against the plan. Tyrone Brooks, head of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, called on state officials to reject the application.
“This is about membership building and rebranding their name in a public way,” Brooks said. “What’s next, are we going to let neo-Nazis or the Taliban or al-Qaida adopt highways?” Tyrone said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state officials could be forced to choose between approving the request, denying it and facing a likely legal fight or ending the state’s 23-year-old Adopt-A-Highway program. Which would really be a shame. The Georgia Department of Transportation is reviewing the request. State officials plan to meet with lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office today to decide how to proceed.
Here the group is seen recently waving to motorists along their adopted highway. Photo credit(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
This horrible controversy has the good folk of Union County confused,
“We just want to clean up the doggone road,” Harley Hanson, who filed the application, told the paper. “We’re not going to be out there in robes.”
“We are good, decent Christian Americans,” Hanson, the group’s “exalted cyclops,” added. “What we’re trying to do is to work with the local community.”