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KKK fights for rights to clean up US road

2012-06-12 11:04

Miami - The Ku Klux Klan wants to sponsor a stretch of US road to clean it up, creating a legal conundrum for local officials.

Members of the white supremacist organisation applied to the "Adopt-A-Highway" programme in the southern state of Georgia last month, which enlists the help of volunteers to remove trash from the sides of major roads.

Groups who participate are provided with free garbage bags and safety vests.

In addition, special signs recognising their efforts are put up next to the strip of street they sponsor.

"We submitted the application to 'Adopt-A-Highway', which covers a 1 mile [about 1.6km] stretch of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains near the North Carolina border in Georgia," Harry Hanson, a local KKK member, said. "We just want to keep the road clean, we don't promote violence."

He added his group would not say more until the issue was resolved legally.

Jill Goldberg, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation, declined to comment until the case is cleared up.

Authorities in the state of Missouri rejected a similar request from the Ku Klux Klan in 1997 on the grounds that it came from a group that was discriminatory in nature.

However, a federal appeals court later ruled in favour of the far-right KKK, arguing the US Constitution prohibited the state from denying an application due to a difference in opinion.

Comments
  • Kaizer - 2012-06-12 11:27

    First world problems....

      Mark - 2012-06-12 11:37

      First world problems with a few out of this world citizens.

      Sagin - 2012-06-12 11:38

      which would you prefer, their problems or ours?

  • Kaven - 2012-06-12 11:39

    The KKK still exists?!?!?! lol! We live in the present to change the future, not the streets!

      Stuka - 2012-06-12 11:57

      lol...have you driven through Pretoria lately? I can't even pronounce half of these new street names, and that is the future of the homeless person whom sleeps under that new sign board...

  • Herman - 2012-06-12 13:08

    ROFL!

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