- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BENTON, Tenn. (AP) - A grassroots organizer in southeastern Tennessee has launched a positive billboard campaign less than a week after an independent candidate for Congress posted a campaign sign in Polk County that says “Make America White Again.”

The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/299IbdV ) reports that two digital billboards have been erected displaying inclusive messages such as a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

The Drive Out Hate campaign was launched shortly after 3rd Congressional District candidate Rick Tyler installed his controversial billboard along U.S. Highway 411 near Benton earlier this month.

Josiah Vacheresse, the organizer of the Drive Out Hate campaign, says he wanted to show that such messages do not represent his community.

Vacheresse says he hopes to raise more money for another billboard.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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