A billboard displaying a message tied to a segregationist “mantra” popular with white supremacists has cropped up outside of Birmingham, Alabama, a city that has seen several racially charged, separatist signs posted in recent years.
AL.com reported Sunday that a billboard reading “Diversity means chasing down the last white person #whitegenocide” was posted on I-59 in St. Clair County.
The news website noted the similarity between the billboard and one posted within Birmingham city limits in June 2013 reading “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.” AL.com reported that both phrases are attributed to the White Genocide Project, a group composed of white supremacists and segregationists.
The “anti-racist is a code for anti-white” phrase is part of a creed known as the “Mantra” that was written by segregationist Robert Whitaker in the mid-2000s, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The “white genocide” billboard is apparently owned by Dyar Signs. No one with the company was available to comment to AL.com on the sign.
The president of the neo-Confederate group League of the South, Michael Hill, claimed responsibility last fall for the 2013 billboard, according to the news website. Hill said last year that the removal of another of the group’s billboards reading “SECEDE” on a highway near Montgomery, Alabama was a Stalinesque move to squash dissent.
Hill had yet to comment to AL.com on the new billboard.
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