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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blue Hog joins the battle over love and hate in Harrison, Ark.

Posted By on Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge BEFORE THE PAINT JOB: The billboard of controversy in Harrison.
  • BEFORE THE PAINT JOB: The billboard of controversy in Harrison.

Jeff Woodmansee's blog reports at length today on Matt Campbell's latest work. The Blue Hog Report author is representing the man charged with painting over a racially charged billboard in Harrison, Ark, infamous as a former "sundown town."

The white supremacists had been chortling over the original message: "Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anit-White,"  a recent quote from KKK leader Thom Robb, who lives near Harrison. Somebody made the sign read Anti-Racist is a Code for Love.

Campbell, a lawyer, is representing Chad Watkins, who's been charged with defacing the sign. From the Woodmansee Project:

“It’s incredible,” says Campbell. ”The majority of the people leaving hateful comments about Mr. Watkins online tout themselves as Christians, yet, only days from Christmas, they are angry because someone changed a hateful message to one of love. They scream about constitutional rights, but they seem ready to condemn Mr. Watkins before he ever even has a day in court. The cognitive dissonance is staggering.”

Watkins friends have created an online fundraising campaign to cover Watkins’ legal costs, and Campbell has stated that all money raised beyond actual costs and fees will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center at the close of the case.

“I’m doing it at no charge to him. He already has a fundraiser campaign set up for legal fees. I told him I’d bill against whatever was raised, and, when the case was over, if there was excess money donated, we’d donate it to the SPLC.”

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