This is not a Dave Chapelle skit, ladies and gentlemen.
An Atlanta Ku Klux Klan chapter wants to adopt a stretch of road in northern Georgia as a part of the state's "adopt a highway" program. Another chapter tried this stunt in 1997 but the state of Missouri rejected the request based on the group's membership rules being racially discriminatory.
This particular group says they will consider legal action if denied the highway based solely on their beliefs. Harley Hanson, who is known by his formal title as the Exalted Cyclops of the Union County Klan told reporters they are determined to fight.
"We're not going to be deterred," Hanson told Reuters. "Our intentions are to keep the road clean," he said. "We love our race. We don't promote violence."
Under adopt-a-highway programs in Georgia and many other states, groups volunteer to pick up trash and plant trees along the highway. Road signs are typically installed to recognize the organizations' efforts. Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Goldberg on Monday declined to comment on the Klan application "until a resolution is determined." State Representative Tyrone Brooks, a black legislator from Atlanta, said Georgia's program limits participation to "civic minded" groups.
We sincerely hope the KKK isn't successful.