Quote: Originally Posted by Notorious_dog
Wait a sec mandy.
Are the KKK in your opinion "bad"?
And what message will it be sending out to little kids when they see that the big old KKK are the most prestigious?
Some kids might think that since they're so prestigious, there may indeed be some right to hating black people.
Other (more intelligent kids) will see the flaw in letting them gain such prestige.
That part of the message was just to define what they mean by tending, and what the Adopt-a-Highway program is really about.
As for what message it sends kids if their area of road is cleaner than anyone else's? None. Kids don't pay attention to who adopts what part of what highway. They may read the signs, but they really won't care if it's the KKK, the American Nazi Party, or the Mafia. At least, not any more than they'd care if it was the Kiwani's, the Rotary Club, or the Salvation Army.
Any kids who would fall for the KKK rhetoric, are the same kids who join the Skinheads, or any one of the off-beat religious cults. The signs aren't for the youngsters, the signs are for the adults in the US. The one's who are p***ed about the economy, the jobless rate, and all the illegal immigrants. The one's who want to blame all of America's problems on Jewish control of the banking industry, and the welfare state it's become because of all the blacks and immigrants who are just lazy, drug crazed, baby making machines (their views, not mine).
Making themselves seem more legitimate makes it easier to recruit new followers. I mean, if they didn't have the highway signs, they just be a bunch of lunatic white supremacists who wear triangle shaped pillowcases on their heads. But with the signs, they become an acceptable alternative viewpoint and there wouldn't be as much of a stigma attached to joining their ranks...
At least that's what they're hoping will happen...