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October 17, 2013 57

Arkansas Racist Billboard Part of White Supremacist Strategy

racist-harrison-billboard

Source: harrisonar.net

An anony­mous white suprema­cist recently caused a stir in Har­ri­son, Arkansas, by leas­ing a 12’ x 24’ bill­board in order to dis­play the racist phrase “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.” 

This is not a ran­dom slo­gan but rather a strat­egy that has emerged in recent years on the part of white suprema­cists to try to reverse alle­ga­tions of racism by imply­ing that any­body who speaks out against racism is some­how there­fore “anti-white.”

The pro­po­nents of this strat­egy are fol­low­ers of elderly white suprema­cist Bob Whitaker, a for­mer Repub­li­can con­gres­sional aid and minor Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion appointee in the 1970s and 1980s who embraced white supremacy and began writ­ing for neo-Nazi publications. 

Whitaker’s fol­low­ers con­sider him an “expert” on polit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda and have adopted his belief that the key to suc­cess­ful pro­pa­ganda is to come up with sim­ple slo­gans and end­lessly repeat them.  To this end, in the mid-2000s Whitaker devo­tees such as Tim­o­thy Mur­dock, who under the pseu­do­nym “Horus the Avenger” runs the White Rab­bit Radio web­site, came up with what they call the “Stop White Geno­cide Mantra” or sim­ply “The Mantra.”

The “Mantra” is a short, eight-paragraph state­ment based on Whitaker’s racist views that claims that con­cerns about racism are essen­tially cam­ou­flage for the “ongo­ing pro­gram of geno­cide” against the white race.  It ends with the phrase “They say they are anti-racist.  What they are is anti-white.”  From the “Mantra,” Whitaker adher­ents devel­oped the shorter phrase, which they end­lessly repeat, “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white.”  

Whitaker and Mur­dock fol­low­ers plas­ter this slo­gan every­where they can—across the web, in ban­ners over free­ways, as signs or stick­ers, and more.  Every month, white suprema­cists cre­ate peti­tions with this slo­gan on the White House’s “We the Peo­ple” peti­tion Web­site.  “Mantra” fans have lit­tered the white suprema­cist web­site Storm­front with the phrase so often that it has irri­tated even other white suprema­cists on that site. 

The Har­ri­son bill­board is sim­ply the lat­est effort in this white suprema­cist rhetor­i­cal strat­egy, one that has no more chance of main­stream suc­cess than any pre­vi­ous white suprema­cist slo­gan has ever had, from “White Power!” to “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.”  How­ever, as the bill­board has been leased for a year, Har­ri­son res­i­dents may have to put up with this ugly racist slo­gan in their midst for some time.

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