Don't Let the KKK Adopt a Highway
  • Petitioned Sam Olens

This petition was delivered to:

Georgia Attorney General
Sam Olens
Press Secretary, GA Dept of Transportation
Jill Goldberg
Director of Communications, GA Dept of Transportation
Karlene Barron
Chairman, GA Dept of Transportation
Keith Golden
State Transportation Board Secretary
Elizabeth Osmon

Don't Let the KKK Adopt a Highway

    1. Nioshii Wilde
    2. Petition by

      Nioshii Wilde

      Atlanta, GA

June 2012


Yesterday the Georgia Department of Transportation announced that they are rejecting the KKK’s application to “adopt” a highway in northern Georgia. In their statement they said, “promoting an organization with a history of inciting civil disturbance and social unrest would present a grave concern to the Department.”

Nioshii Wilde, who started the petition, says:

“I am really glad to think that the Department of Transportation listened to the residents of Georgia (and Americans everywhere) when they signed my petition asking them to reject the KKK. Every time a new person signed, an email was sent to employees at the DOT -- they told me personally they were receiving our messages!”

“I have decided to leave the petition open, in order to continue showing the DOT that the decision they made was the right one and that the people of Georgia stand behind them.”

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is an organization intent on promoting white supremacy through terrorism and political violence. Throughout their 150+ years of activity, they've organized and carried out lynchings, bombings, cross burnings and actively campaigned against the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation. Anyone who does not fit their narrow definition of being a "true American"- white and Christian- is a target of their violence, including African Americans, Catholics, Jews, immigrants, communists, etc. Their death toll numbers are in the thousands and the damages they have inflicted on our country are immeasurable.

And now, the Ku Klux Klan wants to "adopt" a highway in Georgia.

The "adopt a highway" program allows local civic-minded organizations to help clean up stretches of highways in return for free advertising along the road. Meaning the KKK would be able to advertise their organization and increase their membership on public land, for free.

Harley Hanson, the leader of the Klan's Realm of Georgia who filed the application for the Klan, says: "I love my race. Does that make me wrong? I'm proud to be white."

As a Georgia resident, I do not want a highway funded by taxpayer dollars to become an advertising site for an organization that has murdered, maimed and terrorized American people for 150 years.  The KKK is not a civic-minded organization; they are a domestic terror group. 

"What's next, are we going to let Neo-Nazis or the Taliban or al-Qaida adopt highways?" asks State Rep. Tyrone Brooks.

And I agree. So now I'm calling on the Georgia Department of Transportation to reject the KKK's application to adopt a highway. Terrorists have no place on the sides of our highways.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. KKK chapter wants to adopt stretch of Georgia highway

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      A North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to "adopt" a stretch of highway in Union County, Georgia, according to paperwork obtained by CNN on Monday.
      The application, which would allow the white supremacy group to receive state recognition for cleaning up a one-mile portion of a highway, was filed by the International Keystone Knights of the KKK on May 21.

    3. KKK group seeks Adopt-A-Highway OK

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      The Ku Klux Klan wants to “adopt” a stretch of highway in North Georgia, which would allow the white supremacy group to receive official state recognition for cleaning litter from the road, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through an open records request.


    Reasons for signing

    • Saraj Charles ATLANTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      To promote love, and not hate in this country. It has the potential to be a great nation, but it also has the potential to be destroyed by such acts as the KKK naming a highway.

    • Abraham Andaya HEMET, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the outrageous White and his white hood he no body but Evil big time, we Americans do not live in the darkages!! The KKK are very Evil People that live uin our graet nation, we real Americans need to eradicate The KKK from our great nation, wake up Americans the KKK is a very evil and dark!! The KKK darkness goes back a long way in our American histroy!!

    • cynthia lipscomb STONE MOUNTAIN, GA
      • over 2 years ago


    • Pete Woodruff DACULA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      The KKK still reflects that of superiority, racism and segregation....concepts that are now not tolerated more than ever...I am one of those who doesn't.

    • rose metts SAVANNAH, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      No group which such a negative legacy shoild get "positive" coverage. They need to clean reputation and change name to show chage of mission.


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