Amarillo Billboard Claps Back at Anti-Liberal Billboard
It's the battle of the billboards in Texas! Last week we saw the billboard on I-40 in Vera, Texas that was aimed at liberals.
The billboard obviously went viral and garnered both hate and love. As a born and raised Texan, I hardly saw this billboard as the friendly Texan way. The billboard was eventually removed but it still was a hot topic of discussion. Which brings us to Roman Leal.
Leal is the owner of a coffee shop in Amarillo called Evocation. In a group chat he got the idea to put up a sign that "represented the spirit of hospitality and welcome" that he loves about West Texas and the Texas Panhandle. Leal wanted travelers to see that Texas is more about a sense of community where no one is singled out. From there, came a GoFundMe page where, according to the GoFundMe, gave Texans the chance to put their "best boot forward." The fundraiser page went up on Wednesday, June 20th, the same day the advertising owner said they'd take down the anti-liberal billboard that was just 30 miles from Amarillo. The billboard went up on Friday at I-40 and South Coulter Street in Amarillo.
The fundraiser surpassed its $1,800 goal and Leal even said that the extra contributions would go toward keeping the sign up beyond the four week period.