Sunday, June 17, 2012

Klan Signs On Highways Are Not A Good Idea

People are arguing about whether the Ku Klux Klan should be allowed to adopt a highway.  There's a tendency to see issues like this in terms of discrimination -- can the government discriminate against discriminatory (and in this case actively racist) groups?

But I don't know if that's exactly the issue here.  One thing that I think needs to be said against Klan highway adoption is that you don't want black people to be intimidated into avoiding the highway.  Given the history of the Klan, black people who see the sign might be reasonably afraid that something bad might happen to them if they're driving alone there at night.  You don't want your public infrastructure to have signs on it that suggest violent threats against some ethnic groups.
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