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Bloody Sunday…And “Make America Great Again”

22 Nov

Wow…A sign of things to come.

Billboard featuring Trump slogan uses ‘Bloody Sunday’ image

The billboardA billboard in Mississippi featuring Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan and photos from "Bloody Sunday," one of the most violent attempts to stop the Civil Rights movement in 1965 is drawing criticism from state and local officials. Photo: Twitter

A billboard in Mississippi featuring Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan and photos from “Bloody Sunday,” one of the most violent attempts to stop the Civil Rights movement in 1965 is drawing criticism from state and local officials.

The billboard near Pearl, Miss., and put up by a group called For Freedoms, says “Make American Great Again” – Trump’s campaign slogan – and features as art images from “Bloody Sunday,” one of the most violent days of the Civil Rights movement.

The original photo dates to March 7, 1965, when police and protesters faces off over voting rights in heavily segregated Selma, Ala. Future U.S. Rep. John Lewis was among those beaten by police and 14 people were killed.

Hank Thomas, one of the artists behind the billboard, told WJTV that he knows Trump likes attention and sought to use the art to have an impact on the political landscape.

“I really want us to start to ask harder questions like well what do you mean when you say make America great again? That has not yet been asked,” Thomas said.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called the billboard reprehensible.

Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers asked Lamar Advertising to remove the billboard, even though it isn’t vulgar and is protected freedom of speech.

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Second American Revolution

 

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