Saturday, February 22, 2014

Harrison Can't Catch a Break

Remember I told you about that silly sign someone erected here in Harrison, that had that silly slogan on it - "Anti-Racist is a  code word for Anti-white.?"  

Well, it's still there, and the Racism Task force is  still fighting the perception that Harrison is a racist community.  It's hard when a minority and the existence of the KKK are still very active and vocal. In fact, you can find the telephone number of their local headquarters in our telephone book, and they have even adopted a highway.

There was a meeting at the Boone County Library the other day, for the purpose of educating people about Harrison's racial history.  The  speaker tried to enlighten people about how Harrison has seen the light and is no longer a town full of bigots.  It didn't turn out too well, though, because about half of the people showed up wearing stick-on labels reading, "Anti-Racist," etc.,etc., etc. It is assumed that they were KKK members and Tea Partiers. It's pretty certain they were all local people. And, of course, it made the state paper, once again, and the national news outlets won't be far behind. 

Then, a few days later, a White Supremacist group announced its intention to hold a "White Man's March" sometimes in the month of March. The announcement invited everyone in surrounding states to attend and participate in the march.

But, that's not the scary part.  The scary part is the Letters to the Editor in the local paper from people who claim they have moved here because the town is "all white".  This situation just keeps getting worse, and the town fathers don't seem to be able to come up with a way to combat the ignorant proponents.

In recent years, we have lost a lot of manufacturing facilities here, and it is my belief that if we can't turn things around, and soon, we'll probably lose Fed-Ex.  That will be a death blow to Harrison.

Stay tuned.  


Olga said...

That left a lump in the pit of my stomach and I had to remind myself to breathe. I would propose a new city sign: Harrison, Home of Ignorant White People. Except it sounds as though there would be a certain contingent that would be just fine with it. Sad.

Arkansas Patti said...

Just when you think we humans have finally evolved, you hear stuff like this plus the cropping up in the nightly news of hate crimes across the US. So sorry you have to be a witness and neighbor. We do outnumber them and thankfully there are people like you willing to speak up.