HARRISON, AR – A KKK-sponsored billboard is turning heads in northern Arkansas city. The ad features a young white girl and includes the words, “It’s not racist to love your people.”
Thomas Robb is the director of the Knights Club of the KKK, which is sponsoring the billboard. He tells KOLR-TV that the message is clear. That Harrison is a nice loving community, love lives here in Harrison.”
“It’s just discomforting.” said Harrison, AR resident James Hernandez.
“We thought, ‘Oh, no. Here we go again.'” said Mayor Jeff Crockett.
The new ad comes after a controversial billboard that stirred nationwide controversy was removed. Mayor Jeff Crockett says this time around, the message is more direct. “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.”
Crockett believes the billboard has the potential to drive people away from Harrison, hurting the local economy. Its association to the KKK only brings people back to the bygone days of racism in the time.
“I would hope more people would stand up and say this isn’t us. We’re not all about this.” said Mayor Jeff Crockett.