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Wed., June 1, 2011, 9:33 a.m.

Gissel: Press Resurrects Chamberlain

The Task Force has listened to Neville Chamberlain style assertions for all the years of its existence. In fact the comment “If you don’t say anything about the Nazis, they will simply go away” is by far the most common criticism the Task Force hears. The opposite is true and will always be true. The Nazis themselves regard community silence as a cultural affirmation of their atrocious actions and beliefs. The victims of the Nazis also regard community silence as a community’s affirmation of the actions that harm them. In this context, both the Nazis and their victims are right.  To our knowledge the editors of the Press have never argued that we should be silent around child abuse and child abusers, rape and rapists, theft and thieves, murder and murderers, arson and arsonists, etc, etc, etc.  But we should be silent around Racists and their criminal activities when they occur?  No. No not now and no not ever/Norm Gissel, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. More here. (SR file photo of Norm Gissel with Tony Stewart in background)

Question: Do you think the work of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is almost finished?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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