'This country is divided enough as it is': Anti-liberal billboard to be taken down after outrage

Greg Evans
Friday 22 June 2018 14:45
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Picture:(Kyle Mccallie/ Facebook)

A billboard in Texas calling for 'Liberals' to leave the state has been removed after it went viral across the United States.

The sign which was located just outside of Vega in the Texas Panhandle was photographed by Kyle Mccallie and posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

At the time of writing it has received over 21,000 shares and more than 3,000 reactions on the social media website.

The sign, which belongs to the Burkett Outdoor Advertising company was located around 35-miles from the New Mexico border on the I-40 Interstate Highway.

It has caused a national outrage in America, and reaction to it has mostly been negative, which has prompted the sign company to remove it from the roadside.

Speaking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randy Burkett, the sign company owner said:

I was shocked that it travelled that fast.

I believe in free speech, but this country is divided enough as it is.

I've spoken with the client, and he's agreed that it should come down. We'll be reimbursing him.

An alternative sign is already in the works as a GoFundMe campaign has been launched to create a welcoming sign.

The campaign has already surpassed its goal of $1,800, with the new sign set to read 'Texas is for Everyone.'

A quote on the page reads:

We need a sign that represents the true, hospitable spirit of the great state of Texas.

'Texas is for everyone--not for bigotry. Welcome, y'all!' will go up on the Lamar digital billboard at I40 and Coulter.

It will be visible to travellers and commuters driving along the interstate in Amarillo, giving us a chance to put our best boot forward.

Meeting the campaign goal will keep the billboard up for 4 weeks.

HT USA Today

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