By: Cody Sackett
The white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, has been trying since 2012 to get their name on an “Adopt-A-Highway” sign on a one-mile stretch of Ga. 515. The “Adopt-A-Highway” program uses sponsors that make a financial commitment for highway cleaning in exchange for signage on highly traveled roadways.
The Supreme Court of Georgia is now deciding whether or not to hold a trial for the suit that was filed in 2012. The suit was filed three months after the Department of Transportation (DOT) turned down the KKK’s “Adopt-A-Highway” request. The DOT said that they declined their request because of their “long-rooted history of civil disturbance” and the “potential of social unrest.” Alan Begner said “The government cannot be a censor of free speech.”
In response, Brittany Bolton told the judges “The right to control the content of road signs is ‘government speech’ which is not covered by the First Amendment.”
The ACLU or American Civil Liberties Union got involved in 2014 and is now backing the KKK. Debbie Seagraves of the ACLU of Georgia said “There will always be speech and groups conveying hateful messages that are distasteful to some. That is why the First Amendment protects free speech for all.”
I agree with what she said, but I don’t agree with the reason that I think the Klan is trying to do this. It would be understandable if the KKK hasn’t had a violent, racist history, but that is what the Klan is built on. What I think the Klan is doing is trying to make a better image for themselves but they are also a group that a majority of people hate so the KKK trying to join the “Adopt-A-Highway” program, in my opinion, is pointless.