HARRISON, Ark.– As if the protests and riots over the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos weren’t a big enough broadcast that racism is alive and well, the Ku Klux Klan is making some waves of their own.
Radio waves that is.
The KKK’s radio station went up in Harrison, Arkansas earlier this week, while promoting a “white pride” billboard placed on Highway 65 near the town’s city limits.
The sign reads, “It’s NOT Racist to [heart] Your People.” It also describes Harrison by saying, “Love Lives Here,” and depicts a young white girl holding a puppy in her arms.
The advertisement – which officially went up on Monday, according to the Harrison Daily Times – goes on to promote a website called WhitePrideRadio.com.
As soon as the KKK media was broadcast, mixed emotions were expressed by people across the country. Some were outraged, while others said there was nothing inherently wrong with it.
Thomas Robb, the director of the Knights Club of the Ku Klux Klan who confirmed that his group was behind the advertisement, insisted that the billboard is not racist.
“The message is that white people have the right to be proud of who they are. Everybody else has the right to be proud, and I don’t deny that,” he said to local Harrison news station KLOR.
However, the Mayor Jeff Crockett said that the sign is not a true reflection of the town’s values.
But Harrison is no stranger to racism or ‘anti-racism’ beliefs. In 2013, the town was home to a different billboard that read “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.”
Despite the negative press, Robb doesn’t plan on removing the sign prior to the expiration of its one-year lease. In fact, he told that group that he will “probably redo the lease” by 2016.