Hate groups, the KKK & picking up trash in Missouri

Tony Tracy tony at SPAMtao.ca
Thu Mar 8 12:26:46 MST 2001


I've already started lobbying to have the trash from British Columbia
trucked down to the highways of Missouri. Perhaps other list members might
want to think of tossing their Twinkie wrappers and so forth on the
highway if they happen to be driving through that area...

- Tony

Tuesday, 6 March, 2001, 01:06 GMT

KKK wins litter battle

American Civil Liberties Union backed the Klan's case

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Missouri
cannot bar a white supremicist group from participating in a
litter-control programme.

The state was fighting to keep the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) from "adopting" a
highway. Under the Adopt-a-Highway scheme, groups agree to clean a stretch
of road in exchange for a sign acknowledging their efforts.  Missouri
argued that posting such a sign would be seen as endorsing the views of
the KKK, which bars "non-Aryans" from membership.

The KKK argued that Missouri was infringing its right to freedom of speech
by refusing to allow it to participate in the programme.  The court
rejected Missouri's argument without comment or dissent.

Desegregation route

The case began in 1994, when the Missouri branch of the Knights of the Ku
Klux Klan filed a request to clean a stretch of road used to bus black
students to school as part of a desegregation plan.

Missouri rejected the request, citing the KKK's membership policy of
excluding blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews.

The KKK sued, and won victories in both federal court and appeals court.
Missouri appealed to the US Supreme Court, where its suit was supported by
the Clinton Administration Justice Department and a group of 28 other
states.

Implied acceptance

Posting a sign saying that the KKK had cleaned the road "implies a message
of acceptance, a message that the state regards the Klan as a valuable
member of society", the states supporting Missouri said.  Nine other
states have barred KKK requests to join Adopt-a-Highway schemes.

The American Civil Liberties Union supported the KKK position.

ACLU lawyers argued that the US Constitution protected groups "against
those who would misuse government power to suppress political dissidents".

A spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation said the state
was examining the decision.

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P.S. - Wonder if they wear the pointy hats and robes while they're
picking up trash.








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