A KKK-funded billboard in Harrison, Arkansas has declared “it’s not racist to (heart) your people,” beside an image of a melancholy white girl cradling a puppy.
Jeff Crocket, mayor of Harrison, wasn’t pleased.
“We thought, ‘Oh no, here we go again,'” he told the TV station.
Crocket was referring to previous white nationalist messages that made use of the exact same billboard space. The mayor himself protested the billboard in 2013 when it declared “Anti-Racist Is Code For Anti-White.”
“I would hope more people would stand up and say this isn’t us. We’re not all about this,” the mayor added.
The director of The Knights Club of the KKK told KOLR the sign’s message is “white people have the right to be proud of who they are.”
“Love lives here in Harrison,” the director, Thom Robb, told the TV station, quoting the billboard.
Not all residents were sold on that interpretation.
“It does seem to come off as pretty racist in a sense that whites are more superior,” one Harrison local told the TV station.