BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A Ku Klux Klan group wants to join Georgia’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program for litter removal, which could force state officials to make difficult decisions on the application.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state officials could be forced to choose between approving the request, denying it and facing a likely legal fight or ending the state’s 23-year-old Adopt-A-Highway program. The program features road signs for groups who volunteer to help beautify state highways.
At issue is an application filed by International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Union County involving a one-mile stretch of Ga. 515 in the Appalachian Mountains.
Klansman Harley Hanson, 34, says his group just wants to stop littering along the road.
“We just want to clean up the doggone road,” Hanson told the Journal-Constitution. “We’re not going to be out there in robes.” Hanson added that he will sue if the KKK is denied the request.
State lawmaker Tyrone Brooks would rather see the program end than have the KKK involved.
“What’s next, are we going to let Neo-Nazis or the Taliban or al-Qaida adopt highways?” Brooks told the Journal-Constitution. “They have to say no. If it brings a lawsuit, so be it. If it ends the program, so be it.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation is reviewing the request. State officials plan to meet with lawyers from the state Attorney General’s Office on Monday to decide how to proceed.
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