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ACLU May Help the KKK Adopt a Highway

 
 
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This Tuesday, Georgia transportation officials denied a local Ku Klux Klan chapter’s application to “adopt” a North Georgia highway. The organization is now asking the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for help.  Surprisingly, the ACLU may actually represent the KKK.

"We are considering next steps and whether or not we will support the group...we know this is unpopular" said Debbie Seagraves, executive director for the ACLU of Georgia.  Seagraves says it is an issue of protecting the First Amendment.

“It's clear and understandable that the message of the KKK is offensive and hurtful to many people, but when you cede the power to the state to decide whose speech is objectionable, we give it up,” Seagreaves said.

To the contrary, Keith Golden, the commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Transportation, cited safety concerns in his application rejection. In a letter to April Chambers, secretary of the KKK chapter, he wrote:

"The impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long-rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern

Impacts include safety of the traveling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction or interference with the flow of traffic."

Read the full CNN report here.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at June 15, 2012, 5:58am