A new billboard from the Knights Party of Zinc in Arkansas is creating a lot of controversy as residents in the area are saying it has a racist message.
According to OzarksFirst, the sign was placed along Highway 65 in Harrison and shows a little girl holding a dog with a message that reads, “It’s not racist to (love) your people.” The sign is an advertisement for White Pride Radio, which is run by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), which has recently renamed itself to the Knights Party in an attempt to re-brand the group.
Local residents say the billboard has a racist message, and that it doesn’t represent the true feelings of the people of Harrison.
“It does seem to come off as pretty racist in a sense that whites are more superior,” said James Hernandez, a Harrison resident.
Resident Dale Riggins wondered if there’s a deeper meaning to the sign. “It makes people stop and look. I mean you start wondering, what does the sign really mean?” the Fayetteville resident said.
National director of the Knights Party, Thomas Robb, said that the sign wasn’t put up to speak out against any other races. “The message is white people have the right to be proud of who they are. Everybody else has a right to be proud and I don’t deny that,” he explained.
According to KY3, the group has a one-year lease on the sign, and Robb said they have no intentions of taking it down. However, if the town has its way, the sign will share the same fate as two other controversial signs that were removed in 2013.
One of the signs said, “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White,” and the other read, “Welcome to Harrison. Beautiful town. Beautiful people. No wrong exits. No bad neighborhoods,” according to the Houston Chronicle. However, it is unknown if the Knights Party was responsible for those signs because the person or group who leased them was never able to be identified.
Mayor Jeff Crockett criticized the billboard and expressed his concern that it might drive people away and hurt the local economy. “The reflection comes back on Harrison and if we just keep quiet and let him do the speaking, it looks like we’re all like that and we’re not like that. Harrison is not like that at all,” said Crockett.
Crockett believes that the sign’s association with the KKK brings people back to the days of hardcore racism. “I would hope more people would stand up and say this isn’t us. We’re not all about this,” he said.
While the KKK doesn’t have a great history when it comes to racism, Robb is right in one respect, everyone has the right to be proud of their heritage and who they are, not just minorities. Unfortunately, whenever white people express any type of pride, they’re often shamed into silence.
With that in mind, do you think similar outrage would come about if the NAACP or a similar group were to put up a billboard promoting black pride?
I highly doubt it.
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Courtesy of Mad World News