A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Northern Georgia says that it wants to adopt a stretch of highway in the area. The highway partition is near Union County, Georgia, according to CNN.
The application allows the group to receive recognition from the state for cleaning up a one mile piece of highway, and it was filed on May 21. If the application is accepted, the KKK is going to held responsible for cleaning up the section of highway, which lies on the border with North Carolina.
“All we want to do is adopt a highway,” said April Chambers, the chapter’s secretary. “We’re not doing it for publicity. We’re doing it to keep the mountains beautiful. People throwing trash out on the side of the road … that ain’t right.”
Jill Goldberg, a spokewoman for the Department of Transportation, said that the application has been received, but “the department is deferring comment beyond that, however, until a resolution is determined.”
They plan to discuss the issue with the Attorney General’s Office this week.
“Over the years since it was formed in December 1865, the Klan has typically seen itself as a Christian organization, although in modern times Klan groups are motivated by a variety of theological and political ideologies,” says the Southern Poverty Law Center website.
“We’re not a hate group,” Chambers said. “We don’t hate anybody. We’re just white people that want to stick with white people. The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) wants to stick with black people. Just because I’m white, I can’t stick with my own group?”