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New Pressure To Remove Billboard Near KKK Headquarters In Arkansas

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By    |   Friday, 14 August 2020 07:02 PM

An Arkansas race relations task force of clergy and volunteers is pushing for the removal of a controversial billboard near the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan, CNN reported.

The billboard, along a busy highway in Harrison, Ark., reads, "For the Family," alongside a photo of two adults and two children holding an American flag and a sketch of a cross with a dove and a flame. The websites WhitePrideRadio.com and AltRightTV.com are also advertised.

An online petition was first started in July. More than 9,300 had signed the petition by Friday evening.

"The billboards have done tremendous damage to our community by giving the impression that our citizens support their messages and don’t object to their presence," the petition reads.

According to CNN, the task force is directly reaching out to the company because they don't believe they'll have much luck with the landowner, the Rob Law Firm, which is reportedly owned by the son of the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

The billboard has been in the area since at least 2014. But it got new attention when a white filmmaker recently stood in the spot with a Black Lives Matter sign and filmed the interactions he had with people in cars driving by, CNN reported.

Kelsey Bardwell, a lawyer for the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations, told NBC affiliate KARK the sign is an entrance to the town and it's "not the message our community wants to convey."

In a joint statement to KARK, the mayor and Chamber of Commerce president and county judge said “our race relations task force has worked to successfully remove four of the five privately-owned billboards. They continue trying to remove the last one.” 

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