Virginia family farm posts 'Resist White Supremacy' sign, criticized for taking stand
CENTREVILLE, Va. (WJLA) - A family farm in Northern Virginia says it has been using its roadside sign to take stands on causes it believes in and that this has brought criticism from some in the community.
The most recent message written across the sign for Cox Farms in Centreville reads, "RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY."
"We sincerely believe that fighting injustice and white supremacy is a responsibility that can- and should- unite us all," Cox Farms said in a Facebook post. "We struggle to see how anyone other than self-identified white supremacists would take this as a personal attack."
Cox Farms says it has faced pushback from people over publicizing its beliefs on social issues. The farm says some people took offense to sign messages it posted in support of Muslims and immigrants, as well as a Black Lives Matter sign that hung from one of the farm owners' homes.
"We’re not seeking to alienate folks who have different perspectives on tax reform or infrastructure spending," Cox Farms said. "But when it comes to speaking out against systems of oppression and injustice, we see it as our moral responsibility to use our position of privilege and power, along with the tools of our trade and the platforms available to us, to engage visibly and actively in the fight for justice. Our roadside sign messages are one small way we do this."