Two Billboards Outside of Amarillo, Texas

Controversial BillboardLast week, the tiny West Texas town of Vega (population 884) became the center of controversy online. A billboard, placed along Interstate 40 about six miles east of the town, offered an instruction to travelers on the left-hand side of the political divide: “Liberals,” it read in big block letters, “Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.” A photo of the billboard made its way onto Facebook, where it was shared more than 22,000 times. The original post garnered nearly 1,000 comments, and the response quickly devolved into the sort of social media bickering that makes every interaction online feel like trudging into a mud pit: 996 strangers all began insulting each other, trash-talking Texas, calling for people with…View Original Post

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