ACLU defends KKK’s right to adopt a highway


How’s this for an unlikely pair: the American Civil Liberties Union is defending the Ku Klux Klan’s right to adopt a highway in Georgia.

Earlier this month, the KKK was denied by Georgia’s Department of Transportation when they attempted to adopt a highway, saying “an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern.” The KKK was trying to take part in the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program, but Georgia said it would hurt the state’s image, and would serve as a “distraction” to drivers.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“Two weeks ago, the Georgia Department of Transportation rejected an application filed May 21 by Harley Hanson, who calls himself the exalted cyclops of the Georgia Realm of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK, and his wife.”

A representative for the white supremacist group said adopting the highway wasn’t a publicity stunt.  “Would it be any different if it was the Black Panthers or something? Someone always has some kind of race card.”

Following the rejection of their bid, the ACLU announced they would take on the KKK’s request for representation in a dispute against the state of Georgia since it’s a free speech issue.

This isn’t the first time the ACLU has defended the rights of white supremacists: in 1992, they petitioned the federal court to order the town of Elkton, Maryland to allow the KKK to hold a march.

They won.

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ACLU defends KKK’s right to adopt a highway

  1. Sounds like the ACLU has been drinking its own kool-aid for far too long. They’re so wrapped up in their own righteousness that even the KKK is worthy of their intervention if they happen to find themselves on the “correct” side of a given issue. Earth to ACLU – even human rights have limits.

    • The ACLU will sometimes take on cases like this to foster the illusion that they have no political agenda. I recall a case in the ’60s when they went to court so a few costumed meat puppets of the American Nazi Party could have a march in, I believe, Ohio. They used that one for the next 30 years whenever they were accused of leftist leanings. This afforded them the opportunity to link conservative political thought with Nazism, something that’s done so much now that it’s wearing itself out. This is just more of the same. I’m just wondering if they’ll get to rename that stretch of highway after the late Senator Byrd.

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