ACLU to Defend KKK's Right to Clean Up Georgia Highway
The American Civil Liberties Union has reportedly agreed to assist the Ku Klux Klan in their effort to participate in Georgia's "Adopt a Highway" program.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to represent the Ku Klux Klan in their effort to adopt and clean up a Georgia highway. Debbie Seagraves, executive director for the ACLU of Georgia, confirmed to the AJC that the organization would take on the case as a First Amendment issue.
The application made the news last month when the KKK applied to adopt a stretch of roadway in Union County, Ga. After consultation with Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Transportation denied the request citing several reasons including the fact the stretch of roadway the KKK wished to adopt was ineligible for the program.
"Further, promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern to the Department," GDOT officials said in a press release announcing the denial of the request. "Finally, issuing this permit would have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life, commerce and economic development of Union County and all of Georgia."
A similar case in 2005 in Missouri was reportedly overturned in favor of the KKK.