Claude West is an Arkansas business owner who runs the Harrison Sign Company.
An anonymous client is paying $200 a month for an entire year to display a sign with the message “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White”, which has been there since October 15th.
“There is a double-standard in this country regarding differences of opinion . . . Those differences of opinion do not make a person racist. The first amendment right to freedom of speech is for everyone. That is the point of the message”, the anonymous client told Harrison daily times.
“The word, ‘racist’ is a loaded term — loaded against white people,” the client said. “It’s a public secret. Everyone knows it’s the truth, and yet, no one will talk about it.”
Recently a middle aged man was arrested for vandalizing the sign to make it say “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Love” after a witness to the crime gave police his vehicle registration details.
Company owner West released a press statement which reads as follows:
“I am the business owner of Harrison Sign Company located in Harrison, Arkansas and at the center of a nationwide controversy due to my acceptance of a customer representing a group of local businessmen, who wished to acquire my services. The sign, which was proposed and subsequently placed on a large billboard on U.S. Highway 62-65 North, read, ‘Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.’
“I feel that I have suffered extreme harm for my insistence that it is my right to facilitate the use of the United States Constitution’s First Amendment protections.”
“I am requesting legal assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union and seek legal remedies against the mayor’s office of the city of Harrison and the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce. Both entities are fully or partially taxpayer funded and not at liberty to use their official capacity to denounce my protected First Amendment rights.”
“I believe a conspiracy was entered into by the city of Harrison and the HRCC to bring about economic hardship to me personally and to my business unless I only supported the First Amendment rights of customers they personally and collectively agreed with. There are numerous evidences including, but not limited to, the mayor’s office telling area residents, via websites and phone, to call us and complain.”
The Harrison city’s official website says “We are doing our best to persuade its removal, but we may need your help. This was purchased through Harrison’s Sign Company, so if you would like to see this removed, call them at 741-5267 to complain”.
West says that Harrison mayor Jeff Crockett is the owner of a competing billboard sign company in Harrison, and West suggests that the mayor and the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce are conspiring to destroy West’s business.
West said “The intent of harming my business and creating an aura of hostility toward me and my employees was in fact an effort to extort my cooperation in rejecting public statements on billboards that they do not agree with.”
“The job of the mayor’s office for the city of Harrison is to maintain the proper functioning of the city and not to use its position or taxpayer’s revenue to promote their privately held religious or political agenda.”
Mayor Crockett denies conspiracy, but says that he did “stand up for what I believe in . . . I am merely exercising the same right Mr. West is championing in his statement.”
Harrison city’s official website is maintained by public funds, surely it should represent the public? The mayor doesn’t care about that, the mayor is interested in futhering his own anti-White agenda, whether it be political by trying to tear down the sign in support of White genocide, or business by trying to destroy the competitors to his business.