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Sat Sep 10, 2016, 08:17 AM

‘Black Rifles Matter’ sign stirs controversy in Maine tourist town [View all]

Source: Bangor Daily News

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — Amid signs for bait and directions to the footbridge that crosses the harbor, a handmade sign posted along Boothbay Harbor’s main street has drawn complaints of racism from tourists and residents.

Several weeks ago, Linc Sample posted a sign on Townsend Avenue, just across from the Congregational Church and most visible to people as they drive out of town.

Along with a silhouette of an assault rifle, the sign states, “Black Rifles Matter: Yes, we have ’em. No, you can’t take ’em.”

The sign has led local merchants and business leaders to fear that tourists will shun the town, especially in the wake of threats by some out-of-staters to avoid Maine after Gov. Paul LePage’s recent statements about black and Hispanic people trafficking drugs in Maine.

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Read more: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/09/09/news/midcoast/black-rifles-matter-sign-stirs-controversy-in-maine-tourist-town/



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