I am watching this episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, which first aired last week. I did not see the introduction of it, at first, which might have been a good thing. Some of his jokes gave the air of him being in full asshole mode that night. They were cuttingly comical, and you had to be ready to hear them! Anyway…
I am reading about a curious case that is being reported out of Georgia. It likely is regretful that I can see both sides to this particular issue. Placing it at base, it would appear to be an issue of a social organization attempting to participate within activities of civic responsibility. These groups are supposed to be socially active, while devoting time to assist with things like public improvement. It all sounds normal, until one hears about the group involved.
A Georgia-based chapter of The Ku Klux Klan made motions to be patrons toward pertinent public pledges. It was during May when this Southern group filed an application with Georgia Department of Public Transportation to have it’s members serving as continuous cleaners of a stretch of Georgia highway. One mile of The Union County, Georgia Route 515 is where these Klan members wanted to be regular rubbish removers!
This chapter of The Klan claims that it means to serve as any regular, civic organization. One representative, Exalted Cyclops Harley Hanson, said that the members simply want to help with keeping the roads of their area of Georgia beautiful! He expressed the general displeasure that this group feels by having their local roads and highways overrun with rubbish.
Of course, outcry arose from the idea of having an historically-recognized hate group with it’s name posted along public roads with the suggestion of them being civicly-responsible servants. Meetings were held with Georgia Department of Transportation and The Office of The Georgia Attorney General. The request of this Georgia branch of The Ku Klux Klan to become regular cleaners of the public highways was denied, with The Georgia Department of Public Safety sending a reply. The GDPS stated that a posting of a public sign that announced the current presence of The KKK “would cause a significant public concern”.
April Chambers, a represesntative of this chapter of The Klan, The International Knights of The Realm of Georgia, stated that her local organization simply wanted to adopt that portion of road to help with keeping this particularly mountainous region of Georgia beautiful. She went on to claim that she and members of the group are not racists, and that they simply want to be White and proud. Chambers stated that it is not right for the roads to be trashy!
Actually, she is right, in reference to that statement. It is not right for the roads to be trashy. Honestly, it is a good thing for any organization to participate in actions that are devoted to the well-being of the public and natural settings across our nation. In fact, precedence was set during 2005, when The Supreme Court ruled that a Missouri chapter of The Klan had the right to adopt a portion of road within that state.
The truth is that it should be a good thing for any organization to make public efforts at movements that work toward the improvement of our society and our nation. Granted, The Ku Klux Klan has an extensive record of hatred, bigotry, ignorance, and all-out asshole presentation. Yet, is it a right thing to deny any U.S. citizens a participation in actions to improve our nation?
I want to believe that the majority of civilized U.S. citizens are not of the hate-laden mindset that accompanies the long-standing expressions of The Ku Klux Klan. It should be a good thing for all U.S. citizens to want to participate in activities that are geared toward the stability and the improvement of our nation. So, how and where is the line drawn, when it is The K.K.K. that wants to have it’s members acting as civic servants who seem to be intent on participating in these activities? Is the same level of rebuttal expressed if any other racially or religiously specific organization means to participate in actions of public improvement? Just curious…..
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