Ku Klux Klan highway an effort to keep things clean?

The Ku Klux Klan applied for highway adoption and responds to criticism of its purpose

WRITTEN BY: Elif Geris
Ku Klux Klan applies to adopt a highway
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Ku Klux Klan applies to adopt a highway

The Ku Klux Klan wants to adopt a highway in Georgia and clean it up. The highway is dubbed the “Klan highway.”  

The Klan highway is a project that has been underway since 1997 when the Klan originally filed to adopt a highway, and the U.S. Supreme Court did not grant the purchase nor did it agree to hear the case. The alleged main objective of the Klan highway is to simply keep the highway clean.   

The Union County Klan leader, Harley Hanson, said, “"We love our race. We don't promote violence."

And according to CNN, Klan Chapter Secretary, April Chambers said, “We just want to be with white people. If that's a crime, then I don't know. It's all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can't be white and proud. I don't understand it,” adding, “We're just white people that want to stick with white people. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) wants to stick with black people. Just because I'm white, I can't stick with my own group?"

The Southern Poverty Law Center names the Ku Klux Klan "the most infamous - and oldest - of American hate groups."

State Rep. Tyrone Brooks of Georgia said the highway clean-up program is geared towards “civic minded” people. On the Klan highway, Brooks added, “My God, when you say that the Ku Klux Klan is now being considered in that category, it stretches the imagination,” reports to Reuters.

On the Klan highway, Twitter users’ responses followed along the same lines as Brooks’. User LOLGOP tweeted, “Georgia’s Klu Klux Klan wants to adopt a highway. Wait till they find out it’s black.”

User David I. Lansman sarcastically tweeted, “…Good to know the Klan in #Georgia is anti-litter. #vomit.” 

If the filing is accepted, the mile-long Klan highway will reside along the border of North Carolina in the Appalachian Mountains. A sign will also indicate that the road belongs to the Ku Klux Klan.

 

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