- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A billboard with a pro-white message erected earlier this week in Russellville is drawing criticism from city officials.

The billboard, which states “It’s Not Racist To Love (heart symbol) Your Own People,” is the second with a pro-white message to be displayed in the state. The first billboard was erected in Harrison.

The Russellville Courier reported that Mayor Randy Horton issued a statement Friday saying the city has no control over billboard content, but it condemns “intolerant, divisive racist thoughts.” Horton also told the Courier that the billboard prompted a complaint from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The Courier reported that the owner of the billboard, which is on private land, could not be reached for comment or to confirm who had paid for the message.

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