Police Remove Banners Warning of 'White Genocide'

Banners hung from overpass in Knoxville

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2013 3:48 PM CST

(Newser) – Drivers on Interstate 640 in Knoxville were recently met with white supremacy messages when passing under the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge overpass, but police removed the banners bearing the messages yesterday, WATE reports. The two vinyl banners read, "'Diversity' is a code word for white genocide." Police aren't sure who put up the 12-foot-long, 30-inch-high banners, but say the owner can call the department to reclaim them, the Columbia Daily Herald reports.

The Raw Story notes that the messages are based on a phrase that is well-known in white supremacist circles, claiming that anti-racist people are actually anti-white and that races should be segregated in their ancestral homelands in order to avoid white genocide. Similar messages have been displayed on banners, signs, and flyers in Arkansas, Oregon, and Kentucky recently.

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