Our constitutional rights are often a double-edged sword. While we're happy to live under the protection of a government that encourages our rights to assemble and free speech, it can be somewhat more difficult to accept groups who hold starkly different views from our own. Legislators in Georgia are learning that first hand. The state is currently debating whether or not to accept an application from the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a section of highway near the North Carolina state line. Other groups have already begun petitioning the state to deny the application.

But if Georgia turns down the KKK, it may face a lengthy and expensive legal battle it will likely ultimately lose. The group says it just wants to clean up the road, but a state congressman has said the move is more about rebuilding the KKK's brand image. Something tells us that will take more than picking up litter on the side of the road.

Even so, the KKK has said it will pursue legal action if denied, and that it will seek out the help of the American Civil Liberties Union to do so. The KKK recently won a similar case against the state of Missouri.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      So we have people who are against another group of people doing something that anyone is allowed to do. This is news? How is this more controversial than say a church doing the same thing? One group is against "minority" races, the other is often against homosexuals. I say, so long as they properly follow the responsibilities a group who adopts a highway must do, then let them. Whether they know it or not, they're still giving all the non-white people of Georgia a better road to drive on.
        Eu_Driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I would be mor careful before confusing an historical view on a particular "evoluted human behavior" (i.e. the way of expressing human sexuality) and "race/ethnicity", especially if it is always specificied that none is condoning/accepting/promoting any form of violence against any human being. If I can't discuss or freely express my opinions on "evoluted human behaviors" how could I freely express my opinion on politics, ethics, justice, culture and so on? Tolerance, regarding these kind of opinions is only a value
      • 2 Years Ago
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        SheldonRoss
        • 2 Years Ago
        JohnEnzo - the official poster for ignorance.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        JohnEnzo, that's a little overreaching, but guarantee that those people are IN the tea party. Remember the old saying: "Not every Republican is racist, but every racist is Republican."
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          That saying is kind of absurd. Aside from the overreaching generalization, if one studies history, you'd find that the Republican party was founded on an anti-slavery platform. Kind of the opposite of racist, isn't it?
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        JohnEnzo, your comment is as ignorant and hatefull as the KKK. You should be ashamed.
      Brad B
      • 2 Years Ago
      Free Speech INCLUDES speech you don't agree with. If their actions become criminal, then treat them appropriately.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Yes Brad. That's the point of this article... the dilemnas of free speech.
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Yes Brad... That's the point of this article...
        kmrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Obviously you subscribe to the "ignorance is bliss" school of life. You should be embarrassed by your post.
          Keldon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @kmrk
          Um...you may want to check that number in your post box.
        da.kid1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        I believe the discrimination of human beings because of a different skin color is more than just "speech you don't agree with".Their actions were already criminal.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Well with that kind of simple-minded thinking, I guess its alright to go yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater, or taken to an extreme, preaching hate against certain groups in the hopes of inciting violence. Clearly Germany's history of ethnic cleansing inspired by a crazy, yet charismatic, leader should be defended, right??... I mean its speech, right and should be allowed?? :rolleyes: Only feeble minds think that ALL speech should somehow be defended. The teaching of hate - and allowing it to hide behind the simple notion of "free speech" - is exactly how these idiotic groups like the KKK stick around.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
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          Sean Conrad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          On the contrary, yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is not 'free speech', as it could easily cause harm to people. Saying you hate people, whether they be black, or gay, or muslim, or RACISTS, is allowed, so long as you do not threaten or risk harming them because of your speech. I dislike the KKK as much as the next guy, but their speech is protected under the constitution so long as they don't threaten or cause harm to others.
          LoneWolf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Well, that didn't take long. Godwins law strikes again
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Freedom of speech isn't freedom to do whatever you want without consequences.
        Daekwan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brad B
        Not exactly. Nothing is free, and not all speech is acceptable. If you doubt this. Just tweet something about wanting to kill somebody and watch what ensues. If you're really feeling froggy.. make that person the POTUS and just wait for the knocks on the door.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Daekwan
          Or mention your sudden affinity towards the hobby of bomb making while checking in at an airport.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disgusting, and very sad to see those kind of hard-line racist atitudes permeate the highest levels of the Obama Administration. I am referring of course to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder dropping the voter-intimidation case against the hard-line racist Black Panther who were threatening white and asian voters at the polls in Philadelphia in '08. It's bad enough to see racist clowns cleaning a highway, it's even worse to see one as US Attorney General or President of the US.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't like it on either side.
        inthelv
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're stupid and you have every right to be. This is America. God bless her.
        Cooperaaaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        Funny thing.... I'm black, and I watch tv and I never seen anything or anyone on tv tell me to go out and riot or lynch.... Now, I do remember things on tv that mentions since we are about to elect a black President, they wer mentioning that people are going to go out and buy guns and bullets because black people were going to come and kick in the doors.... Guess what..... I don't have the time for it... and I never seen anything about black people kicking in doors, etc.... Have a nice day !
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Cooperaaaron
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      The KKK is such a shell of itself these days they can't even be blamed for promoting racism. The true race mongers of this country are Big Al Sharpton and Rev Jesse because they make a very nice living perpetuating their hate. There is no right in this country to never be offended, and that goes the same for religion and racism. If something offends you, then remove yourself from its influence.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        You're absolutely right and were voted down 11 times by brain-dead people who refuse to reason out why not being offended is somehow an inherent right. As much as I dislike religious zealots on the right, the moral majority now appear to be the liberal left. F*** these people.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
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        @MONTEGOD7SS
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      Fazzster
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have endured over 3 years of a racist White House. At this point, having a racist organization sponsor a stretch of highway is a drop in the bucket.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        You're a jackass. Oh the poor oppressed arian race. How they have suffered at the hands of Obama. This reminds me of the Dave Chappel skit about the blind guy who was a member of the KKK. When he found out that he was black, he divorced his wife for being a N.... Lover. I guess any white house occupant who isn't white, would be a racist to you. Its hilarious listening to white folks cry racism. Welcome to our world, maybe I can one day look forward to you being racially profiled, and not being able to join our golf clubs.
        Ram Air
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Absolutely!!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
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      Ram Air
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is this a controversy? Would it be coined a controversy if a Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson organization were to try the adoption of the highway? Or would it be labeled "racist" to even suggest such a thing in their case? This country is totally fcuked!
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ram Air
        "Would it be coined a controversy if a Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson organization were to try the adoption of the highway?" Sharpton and Jackson don't belong to a terrorist organization that hung thousands of Americans. Open a history book.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Other Bob
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          Papi L-Gee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Other Bob
          Al Sharpton called for it. The Klan actually, y'know, did it. There are pictures and everything.
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ram Air
        So you're equating 2 people who pursue equality for blacks to a racist organization that uses Catholicism as a way to justify their racism? America!!!! **** Yeah
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
          Martin Luther King pursued equality for blacks. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are nothing more than hypocrites and ****** for attention. Their only pursuit seems to be to make a racial issue out of any and everything for their own gains. Hell, they even tried to make a high speed police pursuit in Indiana, involving a guy on a stolen motorcycle, about race.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @snap_understeer_ftw
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      Wicked Bad!
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they're not breaking any laws, what's the big deal?????
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you live too far from a major city, you'll start to think crazy thoughts.. - "dang! my cousin is cute!" -" i should play the banjo!" -" should i wrastle a crocodile?" -" skin color is REALLY important" etc. etc. The simple solution, is to stop people from living in bushes.
      Macvicar24
      • 2 Years Ago
      You go KKK. How 'bout they have a shoot out with the New Black Panthers and whoever is left standing gets the highway.
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't a case of free speech, this is about separating the ignorant from the benevolent. If the KKK wants to redeem themselves, they would do best by dismantling themselves. The name is forever associated with American's sad history of racism. No amount of altruistic act is going erase the stigma of ignorance that still permeates the group.
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