KKK chapter wants to adopt stretch of Georgia highway
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2012-06-27 01:54:27 UTC
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A North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to
"adopt" a stretch of highway in Union County, Georgia, according
to paperwork obtained by CNN on Monday.

The application, which would allow the white supremacy group to
receive state recognition for cleaning up a one-mile portion of
a highway, was filed by the International Keystone Knights of
the KKK on May 21.

If the Georgia Department of Transportation accepts the
application, the KKK would be responsible for cleaning litter on
a part of Georgia State Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains
near the North Carolina border.

"All we want to do is adopt a highway," said April Chambers, the
chapter's secretary. "We're not doing it for publicity. We're
doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash
out on the side of the road ... that ain't right."

Jill Goldberg, a Georgia DOT spokeswoman, confirmed the
application but said, "the department is deferring comment
beyond that, however, until a resolution is determined."

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DOT officials will discuss the matter Monday with
representatives from the state attorney general's office, she

Chambers told CNN she didn't know anything about that meeting
but said the group is supposed to meet with the DOT at some
point. State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta, has been working
against the group's adoption application, she said.

"We're not racists," Chambers said Monday. "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."

A similar request in Missouri set off a legal battle that
stretched for years and went all the way to the U.S. Supreme
Court. A Ku Klux Klan chapter sought to adopt a portion of
Interstate 55. A federal appeals court ruled the state could not
bar the KKK from participating in the program, and the high
court declined to review the case, letting that ruling stand.

However, the Missouri Department of Transportation eventually
kicked the KKK out of the program because members were not
picking up trash as agreed, spokesman Bob Brendel said Monday.
The state also named the stretch of I-55 after civil rights
activist Rosa Parks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Georgia has been participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program
for more than 20 years. The program provides advertising for
sponsors who agree to clean a stretch of road on a sign posted
along the stretch.

2012-06-27 16:23:35 UTC
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Here are some quotes from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
after the heading Ku Klux Klan:

"Ku Klux Klan, the name of an American secret association of Southern
whites united for self-protection and to oppose the Reconstruction
measures of the United States Congress"

"The various causes assigned for the origin and development of
this movement were: the absence of stable government in the South for
several years after the Civil War; the corrupt and tyrannical rule of
the alien, renegade and negro, and the belief that it was supported by
the Federal troops which controlled elections and legislative bodies;
the disfranchisement of whites; the spread of ideas of social and
political equality among the negroes; fear of negro insurrections; the
arming of negro militia and the disarming of whites; outrages upon
white women by black men"

"The constitutions and rituals of these secret orders have
declarations of principles, of which the following are characteristic:
to protect and succour the weak and unfortunate, especially the widows
and orphans of Confederate soldiers; to protect members of the white
race in life, honour and property from the encroachments of the

"To control the negro the Klan played upon his superstitious
fears by having night patrols, parades and drills of silent horsemen
covered with white sheets, carrying skulls with coals of fire for

"the Ku Klux movement went on until it accomplished its object by
giving protection to the whites, reducing the blacks to order,
replacing the whites in control of society and state, expelling the
worst of the carpet-baggers and scalawags, and nullifying those laws
of Congress which had resulted in placing the Southern whites under
the control of a party composed principally of ex-slaves."

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