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Missouri Legislators Deploy "Rosa Parks Highway" Tactic Against Neo-Nazis

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The unveiling of the Rosa Parks Highway.
A couple of state reps from Springfield are trying to rename a stretch of highway in their district after a Jewish rabbi now that the roadway has been adopted by the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Movement.

As the Springfield News-Leader reports, the bill under consideration in Jefferson City would rename a portion of the road now known as "West Bypass" after Rabbi Ernest I. Jacob, who worked as a civil-right leader in Springfield after moving there from the concentration camps of World War II.

What the New-Leader article doesn't mention is that the same tactic being attempted in Springfield was first employed in St. Louis back in 2000. That's when a federal appeals court upheld a case in which the Ku Klux Klan sued the Missouri Department of Transportation for the right to adopt a stretch of Interstate 55 between St. Louis County and Jefferson County.

But the KKK's victory was short lived. Soon the Missouri legislature struck upon the idea of renaming that stretch of I-55 after civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. A sign recognizing the interstate as the "Rosa Parks Highway" was quickly erected and placed next to the sign announcing that the roadway had been adopted for cleaning by the KKK.

As you can imagine, the Klan didn't appreciate that and soon dropped adoption of the road.

And, as Paul Harvey would say (if he were still alive), "Now you know the rest of the story. G'day!"

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39 comments
Erikholsen
Erikholsen

To quote Jake Blues:  "Nazis?  I *hate* Nazis!"

Bobthebuilder
Bobthebuilder

First of this is the United States of America if you don't like seeing the American Flag go to a different country. Second, I dont owe any one anything except God, So the comment about the whites enslaving the blacks that was many generations before i was born. So i dont give a fuck. If you look at any race, country, or major religion they have all done something horrible.

Shef Rogers
Shef Rogers

Let all the local racists adopt the highway. Let them have a big picnic there. Then send an A-10 to strafe it with that wonderful 30-mm chain gun. I'd never get tired of seeing that video.

Mjodr
Mjodr

We are governed by school children. It is like somebody asking you to share a cupcake and you spitting on it. I wish our lawmakers would grow up.

Andrew
Andrew

Did anyone even read the article or did you all just look at the picture? Rosa Parks Highway has been here for over 10 years, it is simply an example of how the new plan to strategically name another stretch of highway can deter extremist groups from spreading their hateful message in a high traffic area.

Jrandles
Jrandles

I doubt the naming of a Highway costs much more than the cost of a sign, so do it quickly and get on to more important issues like bringing good jobs to Missouri.

Michael
Michael

Good Lord, the RFT is turning into STLtoday.

Jorge
Jorge

This is almost as ironic as a black president living in the "white house". I wish the legislators in my state would spend more time coming up with ways to insult racist white people. Maybe then they would take down those disgusting American flags. As a mexican, I don't want to look at that crap.

MW
MW

So sorry, I hit the wrong button, that was not in reply to wallstreetjournal....

Jmoney
Jmoney

I am horrified at all of these comments by people who are not ashamed to be white. Don't these racists know that they are guilty of enslaving the black people and killing the jews?

Wallstreetjournal
Wallstreetjournal

What a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. Don't the morons in government have anything better to do, like continue enriching themselves while they people lose jobs, illegals flood across the borders, and Obama the Hutt contemplates war with Libya?

Anon
Anon

(In reference to all of these horrifying comments).

Anon
Anon

Oh wow...I had no idea that severe racism was so rampant in a city I'm normally proud to be from.

Michael
Michael

Can we convince OutKast to lend an endorsement?

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

Judging from the comments above, I see that some type of hate group must have linked to this post. That said, I think it's a pretty brilliant move by state legislators. The idea of skinheads cleaning up a stretch of highway named after a Holocaust survivor is terrific irony.

Bill
Bill

Sad to see Missouri naming roads after these so called "civil rights" domestic terrorists than fixing state budget.

Jamezb4
Jamezb4

Or they could just call it 'Caucasian Freeway' and place signs every 5 miles. They would read "John 8:44" at the bottom in fine print no doubt lol we wouldn't want the 'status quo' to contemplate suicide whenever we drive by it

Vius
Vius

I see... and naturally I don't suppose anyone in Springfield or St Louis considers it odd - at the very least - that their state representatives choose to occupy their time with attempts to insult a group of people helping the community based on their political views and pride in their heritage?

Oh wait I forgot... they're white. They aren't allowed an identity.

Ministerfrede
Ministerfrede

I bet Rosa Parks followers won't be looking after the road anywhere near as well as the KKK did.

Baffled
Baffled

That'll show those mean ol' highway maintainers!

This should scare them off, and then this highway can look just as terrible as all the other ones!

modop
modop

Maybe if they really want to make a point they can rename the highway Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. That way they can call it the most violent highway in the country.

D.F.
D.F.

What B.S...how about we start naming highways after muslims, or soon it will be invading mexicans. WTF?....wake up.

Tired of it all
Tired of it all

Disgusting American flag? Mexican? OK, here's a solution. 1. Become a citizen so it becomes you flag too. or 2. Go the fuck home!

Tired of it all
Tired of it all

Excuse me? I am supposed to ashamed to be white? Because of something done by people before I was even born? I am 47 years old, I was a small boy during Viet Nam, I am guilty of nothing. Except, that is, being sick of people using what happened so long ago as an excuse to....... I am not a racist, I prefer to accept or condemn each person on an individual basis, based on their actions or how they live their lives on a daily basis. A thief is a thief, regardless of color. Jmoney, you don't know me, yet you are including ALL white people in your statement. Who's being racist now, hmmm? To me, the world is cool people and assholes, end of story. I consider myself better than some due to my skills, abilities, and how I live my life. I am very proud of who I am, but being white has nothing to do with it! So, I will tell you what I tell all the assholes I meet in life. "Fuck Off Asshole!" (p.s. I'm only Anon because I am using someone else's computer, mines down)

Interrupting ReplyBot 2012.1
Interrupting ReplyBot 2012.1

Wall Street Journal = reactionary Rupert Murdoch bullshit rag.  I wipe my dogs ass with it.  Especially if Murdoch's picture is in it.

MW
MW

How utterly humiliating that the KKK was ever acknowledged in any way shape or form in the first place. I like the brilliance of beating an idiot at their very own game..Oh and BTW, I still think the skinheads should clean the Rosa Parks highway...in orange jumpsuits, tied to their bffs....lol No, this isn't a major issue, but anything done in a movement against hate, is a victory.And don't you bigots dare say that KKK members are simply "proud of their race". Bullshit!! Finding yourself SUPERIOR is a completely different thing!! You can be proud and equal.....do us all a favor and go jump off the MLK bridge.

Jro
Jro

You think this is bad? Craigslist for St. Louis - Rants and Raves section is like reading the front page of StormFront

Vius
Vius

The idea that doing anything to honor Jews is anti-hate and anti-supremacy is laughable. You're talking about a group of people 1)whose religion teaches that they are biologically superior to non-Jews and 2)will do anything and everything to bring about the end of white racial identity. Just because bad things happened to other people of Jewish descent nearly a century ago does not make Jews as a people immune to criticism today.

Irvino
Irvino

Don't Missouri Legislators have something better to do? Like help get us out of the horrific rut our economy is in instead of sticking it to skinheads?

Jro
Jro

So now, if I understand you correctly, Rosa Parks is now a "domestic terrorist"? How exactly does that work? If you're black and you refuse to be treated any different, and you do it without violence, then you're a "terrorist"?

Terrorism, as it is defined, is a "s the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion"

An old black woman not sitting in the back of the bus sure scares the living crap out of you guys, huh?

Neiljones111
Neiljones111

You could napalm the whole of southern Missouri and I wouldn't bat an eye.

For the record, I'm a white guy, and instead of being ignorant trash, I got an education, put on a uniform, went to war for my country, all so worthless rednecks like you could have the freedom to join hate groups.

Fuck you. You're wasting the world's time. Grow the fuck up. Get an education. Find Jesus. Find peace with yourself. Contribute something meaningful to the world you live in. Set a proper fucking example for your children.

Or go blow yourself up in a methlab explosion. One way or another, fix yourself. Because right now, I'm pissed my friends (black, white, Hispanic, Christian, Jewish, whatever) got put in harms way and shot up in defense of a country that lets people like you run rampant.

Seriously, you can do better. Really, you can, it's not too late. Please.

Jamezb4
Jamezb4

"...They aren't allowed an identity..."

guess how many Missouri Hwy.'s are named after White guys?

Anon
Anon

If the extent of your physical activity today and most days is banding together to click the Like button on an internet commenting board, then the rest of decent society has little to worry about.

Interrupting ReplyBot 2012.1
Interrupting ReplyBot 2012.1

 Yeah, remember how many jobs the anti gay marriage amendment brought in?  And the thousands of jobs the anti-stem cell measure created?  I remember how much you were against those.

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

"Don't Missouri Legislators have something better to do?" You mean like lowering the minimum wage, repealing voter-approved puppy mill laws and denying Missourian unemployment benefits? No, actually, the Missouri legislature does NOT have better things to do.

auburn
auburn

@Neiljones111   Fought for your country?  I suppose sadly, you have no idea WHOSE country you actually fought for.  Hint:  it was NOT the USA

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