While only 49% of non-Hispanic white Americans believe that there is widespread racism against black people in Barack Obama's post-racial America, it turns out there are still some post-post-racial groups operating in the United States.
Like the International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Union County, Georgia, which applied last month to adopt part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains as part of the Department of Transportation's Adopt a Highway program.
The dunce-capped "exalted cyclops" of the KKK, Harley Hanson, claimed that "all [they] want to do is adopt this piece of road and clean it." Alas, yesterday, the Department of Transportation rejected the application, arguing that "promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern" and thereby denying us the opportunity to experience the Klan's reaction when they discover that they've been cleaning up blacktop.
Legal precedent suggests the Klan may be able to force the state to allow it into the program, which hopefully means that a Rosa Parks Memorial Freeway is coming to a section of southeastern highway near you. But for now, the Klan is just upset that someone had the temerity to turn this into a race thing…
"I don't see why we can't (adopt the stretch of highway)," [Klan Chapter President April Chambers] said. "Would it be any different if it was the Black Panthers or something? Someone always has some kind of race card."
Oh, well. If you want to see a group of people who wear funny hats while espousing revanchist doctrine being treated with deference by state governments, you still have the Tea Party.
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Tags: Georgia, Racism, Transportation