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You might remember that little spectacle of the KKK putting in a request to the Georgia Department of Transportation to sponsor a highway. If you don’t, it went a little something like this:

The International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan put in an application to Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program. They wanted to adopt a portion of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The GDT, showing intelligence and foresight,  released a statement that read, in part:

“…promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern” and could “have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life” of people in the county and state.

Lo and behold, one of the oldest civil liberties organizations in the world, the American Civil Liberties Union, has decided to help out the KKK in its legal battle against the state of Georgia because the denial violates the KKK’s civil rights.

The ACLU has historically helped anti-Vietnam protestors, the NAACP, and Native Americans. Now, they are on the verge of defending a group that embodies murder, racism, and Jim Crow — because their rights are being violated?

I’m thoroughly disgusted.

It’s one thing to protect freedom of speech, but to encourage the visibility of hatemongers is doing much too much.

Weigh in, Clutchettes: Do you think the ACLU is right to help the KKK adopt a highway?

 

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  • Name

    The ACLU defends terrorist groups? Wow, I’ll never donate to them again.

  • S.

    America is great because a group that has a history of lynching and terrorizing a particular group of people can live in harmony with the same rights as the people they have a history of lynching and terrorizing (read: *sarcasm*)

  • The Comment

    Klan been kinda silent lately. They out of work too?

  • Indeed they have the right to free speech and the right to have it defended, but the other citizens of the US also have the right to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. An argument can be made that the KKK and their mandate would infringe on the rights of the other citizens so I wouldn’t say it’s so cut and dry.

  • edrina

    Why? Defending rights of a group that represents hate (this is a domestic terrorist group). This is the toe-hold into making this group legitimate; therefore allowing the approval of hate-groups.

    Do what another state did – rename the highway Rosa Parks or MLK and watch this group change their minds about adopting a highway. If the KKK are allowed to crack this barrier this will only be the start of more to come.