Can The KKK Clean Up The Highway?
States across the country have programs for keeping the highways clear of litter. Many of the programs feature community groups, corporations, or other volunteers “adopting” a section of road to keep clear.
In exchange for this, the group’s name is posted on a sign along that stretch of highway. The ability of one group to participate in Georgia’s highway adoption program is now up to the courts. The Ku Klux Klan is fighting legal battles to be able to clear litter and have their name publicly displayed.
The KKK is being represented in court by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Transportation Department in Georgia denied the KKK’s initial application.
The ACLU says doing this violates the group’s First Amendment rights.
The state has filed a response asking the case be thrown out. They say the group didn’t file their lawsuit in a timely manner and failed to take advantage of other legal avenues.