After consulting with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that it would not allow the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) to participate in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program, reports 11Alive (video below).
In a denial letter to the KKK, the Georgia Department of Transportation wrote: “The impact of erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern."
“Impacts include safety of the travelling public, potential social unrest, driver distraction, or interference with the flow of traffic. These potential impacts are such that were the application granted, the goal of the program, to allow civic minded organizations to participate in public service for the State of Georgia, would not be met.”
As reported by Opposing Views, the International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County had applied to adopt one mile of Route 515.
However, the Klan group has said it would take legal action and the American Civil Liberties Union has acknowledged receiving a “request for assistance” in the case.