RUSSELLVILLE (KFSM) – Russellville Mayor Randy Horton released a statement on Friday (May 1) saying a new billboard advertising “White Pride Radio” infers “a racist tone to many who have seen it.”
The billboard advertises a website that contains an online radio broadcast from Harrison, along with multiple links to Ku Klux Klan websites. It went up earlier in the week near Exit 81 on Interstate 40 in Russellville, according to the mayor.
The billboard has received media coverage from local and state outlets and even prompted a call to Russellville City Hall from the Little Rock office of the NAACP, according to the statement.
“There are many radio shows out there that are available,” a post on the website states. “However, we wanted to do something different. Many people throughout the country have contacted us expressing interest in a radio format for the whole family. Therefore, this is one more edition to the efforts of our non-profit organization to reach and encourage our people.”
The billboard reads, “It’s NOT racist to ♥ your people.”
“The implication of this content, in my opinion, inaccurately depicts the sentiments of the overwhelming majority of the citizens in Russellville,” Horton said. “To my knowledge no member of the [Russellville] City Council has ever expressed thoughts that support this message.”
With that said, the mayor admitted he had no control over the content of the billboard.
“Due to first amendment protections, the city has no control or oversight of the content of private advertising. But we can condemn intolerant, divisive [and] racist thoughts. As the mayor of Russellville, I hereby do so,” Horton said.