The Ku Klux Klan is at it again. The racist group that's haunted the country for decades, effectively making it seem to folks who don't live in the South that everyone in that section of the country is a bigot, is stirring up controversy. It seems the KKK wants to adopt a highway in Georgia just like any other civic group.
You know what I say? Let 'em! Yup, you heard me. It's about time these racist jerks actually did something good for their community.
I know what you're going to say. Letting the KKK adopt a road will give them legitimacy. This will allow the scared white men who like to set fires on crosses in their hooded pajamas in the middle of the night to come out into the light as if they're welcomed.
But it's not quite that simple. The KKK has fought, and won, court battles to adopt roads in other communities before. Turning the Ku Klux Klan down could end up costing the Georgia Department of Transportation a significant amount in legal fees, and for what? So the KKK could bully them the way they have so many people in America over the years?
I'm not immune to their atrocious behavior. The Klan once burned a cross on my own great-grandmother's lawn for having the audacity to be Roman Catholic. Guess what: I was still baptized in the faith, as was my father before me. The best way to answer a bully is to refuse to let them faze you.
So I say let the KKK adopt the one-mile section of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. Make them take off their hoods and come out into the light and actually do something useful for once. And if that section of road just so happens to be the one place in town where everyone drops off their garbage, all the better. They've been littering on people's lawns for years.
What do you think of the KKK adopting a road?
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