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Wikipedia: Idaho

” … A troubling development in the 1980s was the rise in North Idaho of a few right-wing extremist and “survivalist” political groups, most notably one holding Neo-Nazi views, the Aryan Nations. These groups were most heavily concentrated in the Panhandle region of the state, particularly in the vicinity of Coeur d’Alene, a resort town. Although Idaho is a conservative state politically the vast majority of its residents reject such hateful ideologies. In 2001, the Aryan Nations compound, which had been located in Hayden Lake, Idaho, was confiscated as a result of a court case, and the organization moved out of state. About the same time Boise installed an impressive stone Human Rights Memorial featuring a bronze statue of Anne Frank and quotations from her and many other writers extolling human freedom and equality.”

DFO: I was following the Wikipedia link for Idaho, provided by Sam, and saw this closing paragraph. Significance? Wikipedia has the updated version of the Aryan Nations — that the supremacist organization isn’t here any more and that Boise has a terrific memorial to Anne Frank. (BTW, the link Sam provided sez an eccentric lobbyist made up the name Idaho, which originally was given to the Colorado territory.


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