When Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb travels around the country as a management consultant, people are often surprised to learn that there is a black female legislator from Idaho. “When they think of Idaho, it is not Sun Valley, or our rivers or our mountains. It is the Aryan Nations. That is still what they think about Idaho,” said Buckner-Webb. “I hear it all the time.” She represents District 19 in Boise’s North End and grew up on 19th Street in Boise. She knows about prejudice. “Someone burned a cross on our lawn” when she was about 7, Buckner-Webb recalls. She was reminded of the burning cross and other racist incidents last week when she received in the mail an application to join the Ku Klux Klan. In addition to submitting $35 in annual dues and a photo, the applicant is asked to complete a statement proclaiming: “I am a White Christian man or woman”/Cynthia Sewell, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Do you expect increased racist activity in Idaho in the coming years?