On Tuesday Harrison, Arkansas got a little more racist–and the townsfolk aren’t happy about it! A billboard that read “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White” appeared along Interstate 62/65 bypass, raising eyebrows and blood pressure levels.
104.3 FM, a local radio station, has asked that their sign be removed.
On Friday, about 30 protesters showed up to publicly denounce the sign. They were greeted by a couple of inbreds , one of them with a sign reading “White People 4 Free Speech.”
The Mayor’s office issued a statement on Wednesday, condemning the signage:
The city of Harrison, and specifically–the Mayor’s office in no way supports the signage or its contents. While the clients that are responsible for the sign are exercising their freedom of speech, the Mayor’s office considers the content inflammatory and distasteful…The owners of the signage, who I am unaware of, and the owners of the structure, which I understand is Harrison Sign Company should be ashamed to display such antiquated ideology and hatred…”
In response, the local responsible responded through the Harrison Sign Company:
“Often white people are called racist for opposing the President’s policies. On the other hand a non-white person was never called racist for opposing President Bush’s policies. There is a double-standard in this country regarding differences of opinion. Those differences of opinion do not make a person racist. The first amendment right to freedom of speech is for everyone. That is the point of the message.”
One local resident, Josh Rosenberg, sympathizes with the message:
“As a white American male, if you say anything about anything else, then you’re automatically a racist.”
The billboard is being leased at a rate of $200 per month for one year–that’s some expensive bigotry! Claude West, the owner of Harrison Sign Co. refuses to identify the person leasing the sign, but he does support his renting it!
“Regardless of the opinion a person holds, or what I think about that opinion, I believe he or she has a right to express it”