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Tue., Sept. 13, 2011, 8:11 a.m.

Popkey: UI, BSU Racist Claims Wrong

Dan Popkey/Idaho Statesman columnizes this morning that the respected Southern Poverty Law Center missed the target when it sounded the alarm about Boise State and University of Idaho. Seems Boise State and UI  have two of the 10 "active" chapters of the racist Youth for Western Civilization. But Popkey discovered "active" might be a stretch re: what he found on the two Idaho campuses. Popkey: "The BSU chapter was founded in March 2010 and vanished by fall term. ... At the U of I, YWC is not recognized as a student group. Last school year, a single U of I student, Alexander Rowson, worked with an official chapter at Washington State University, erecting a chain-link fence to protest illegal immigration and selling “Straight Pride” T-shirts to counter Gay and Lesbian Pride month. At the U of I, four people protested the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s visit. More here.

Question: What do you make of the SPLC claim that Idahoans should be alarmed at Youth for Western Civilization activity at UI and Boise State?




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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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