Arkansas Town Questions Controversal Billboard(Video)

In Harrison, Arkansas, there is a billboard that says:


is a

Code Word



This sign drew a reaction from both supporters and detractors.

Dena McGlynn had this to say:

It goes against everything that the Diversity Council, Harrison High School have taught the young that are growing up here in Harrison, and I wish they’d just take it down.

In defense of the sign, Josh Rosenberg said:

As a white American male, if you say anything about anything else, then you’re automatically a racist.

ESPN, who had a billboard above where this sign sits, asked for their sign to be removed.

The sign company says the owner of the billboard rented the space for a year and supports their right to have their opinion. Claude West, the owner of the Harrison Sign Co. added this statement:

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.

Mayor Jeff Crockett expressed his disagreement with the sign:

I think this is awful. It does not represent the people of Harrison’s attitude or the way they feel about any races. I think we’re welcoming to all. It’s trying to represent a false image of the way Harrison is.

The owner of the sign anonymously offered a defense for his sign, saying it is merely political:

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.

Over a century ago, the town of Harrison engaged in a race riot that chased all of the black resident out with the exception of one. The town became a headquarter for the Knights of the KKK in the 1980’s. Since Crockett became the mayor, he has worked towards removing the town’s image of being a ‘Klan Town’ and encouraging diversity. The story of this town’s history was covered in the Vanguard documentary series, titled: Showdown in Klan Town. This used to air on the former cable network, Current TV.


Here’s the story in the news clip below.

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