WSMV- A campaign sign in Polk County is stirring up a lot of controversy.
The sign, located off Highway 411 near Benton, says "Make America White Again" and was put there by Rick Tyler, an independent candidate in the race for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district seat currently held by Chuck Fleischmann.
Several Channel 3 viewers have called or sent messages to our newsroom, saying the signs do not reflect the feelings of the entire county and that they want them down.
Tyler said, "I respect their right to have an opinion. I believe the majority of the people in the county like it."
"I saw people taking pictures beside it right after I posted it," added Tyler.
Before we start criticizing Rick Tyler for being a socially unaware bigot that makes Donald Trump look like Malcolm X let's take a second to try to understand where he is coming from...
See, I knew this was a simple misunderstanding. Rick Tyler doesn't hate black people. He just refers to them as a name that was predominantly used during a time period in which they had no rights or freedoms. He doesn't want to do away with African Americans or Mexicans (okay fine, maybe he's not big on Mexicans), he just wants to eliminate all the terrible felonies that they - and they alone - are responsible for committing.
If you want a world with less break-ins and violent crime then Rick Tyler is your man. Ignore the blatantly white supremacist overtones of his campaign slogan. He's not that great with words, but from my understanding he's not going to get rid of all the black people - he's just going to start making them act more wholesome and caucasian. Sounds legit. Who wouldn't want to go back to the 60's when the entire world was at peace and accepting of one another? Of course society would be better off taking a page out of the script of 'Leave It To Beaver'. All the bad things that happened on that show were cleverly cleaned up in a half hour's time. Say what you want about the importance of equal rights, but I'm pretty sure I saw a black extra smiling while drinking from a second-class water fountain in one scene. It that doesn't tell you how much better off we were when the white man ran every aspect of civilization then I don't know what will. Rick Tyler is simply a historian looking out for the well-being of all races, colors, and creeds by promoting the superiority of the fairer skinned. Why don't you take notes Obama?
P.S. Wait, what are those flags surrounding the White Hou....Oh.