Petition Drive Underway to Remove White Pride Billboard

by: Scott McCaulley

An online Petition Drive is underway hoping to lead to the removal of a billboard along Highway 65 south of Harrison.

A post on the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations Facebook Page has a link to a petition on the change.org website asking Pro-Signs, Inc. dba Harrison Sign Company to take down the billboard advertising White Pride Radio.

That sign was included on a video posted in July on YouTube portraying Harrison as one of the racist communities in the country.

George Holcomb started the petition drive and had initially hoped for 2500 signatures but over 6000 had signed the online petition as of Saturday Morning.

A link to the petition is included earlier in the story with the entry on the change.com website listed below:

Please ask Pro-Signs Inc to take down this sign that stands just outside Harrison Arkansas.

Fort Smith, Arkansas based company Pro-Signs, Inc. dba Harrison Sign Company has put up several billboards advertising racist organizations in the area over the past few years. The billboards have drawn a great deal of media and online attention and amplified a message of hate. 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.

A billboard is erected through a business agreement between a client, a sign company and a landowner. Although there is no legal way to force the removal of the signs, the Harrison community worked together to remove all but one. This, the remaining sign, was erected by Harrison Sign Company and sits on land owned by the company president.

First impressions are powerful and this is the first impression to our visitors, often confirming their preconception of Harrison as a racist community.   We ask you to participate in promoting inclusion by signing your name. We again respectfully ask company owners Claude West and David Frye, neither of whom lives in Harrison, to bring down the last racist billboard and prevent others from being erected.

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