The Adopt a Highway program in Georgia is designed to give citizens and groups the ability to help make their state beautiful by patrolling a stretch of highway and cleaning up any trash. Normally this conservation project is looked at as a fun way to give back and to show ownership in the state the members love, but for one group, their ability to adopt a stretch of road may not happen.
The KKK's controversial history has long been covered by news agencies and stories. Even so, they could be allowed to go through with this adoption because every group must be given the same opportunity regardless of what they stand for. To give a stretch of road to one organization over another based solely on their beliefs can be interpreted as discrimination. That's not saying everyone thinks the KKK should get the opportunity to do this. As part of Georgia's program, anyone who adopts a highway recieves a sign on their stretch of land saying who takes care of this part of the road. Many people do not want a sign that gives the KKK recognition.
"The state of Georgia is absolutely shameful in even considering an application from the KKK," Democratic Georgia State Representative Tyrone Brooks told ABCNews.com. "If the state will accept an application from the KKK, we may as well get ready to accept applications from the Nazi party, Taliban, Al Qaeda and Aryan Nation."
The KKK says they aren't trying to impose their beliefs on anyone, rather they just want to do something nice for the community. "What we're trying to do is something positive and this Tyrone Brooks is trying to raise a stink about it. We just want to do something good for the community," a representative of the KKK group, who would only agree to be identified as the "Imperial Wizard," told ABCNews.com.
What do you think about this? Should this issue be based around the principles of the KKK or the overal cause of helping keep Georgia's highways clean?