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Longo, HREI Director Wear High Heels

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo and Director Tom Carter of the Human Rights Education Institute wore high heels and participated in the “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” event on Saturday in the City Park. This is an annual event that brings awareness to stopping domestic violence. Both men chose to wear socks with their heels. Kind of a fashion no-no. But their support and participation of this worthy event is commendable. (Photo: Coeur d'Alene Police Department photo)

Question: I don't think red is the chief's color. Izzit just me?

Christie: Disagree W/Counterprotest

Re: Counter-demonstrator Dolezal describes encounter with racists/HucksOnline

Christie Wood: People might think because (former Human Rights Education Institute educator) chose to counter protest the Aryans that the Task Force supports it. We do not. We will never stand across a street and yell back at Aryans or hold signs. Tony Stewart says it best ” If anyone can show me a time in history when Dr. King attended a Klan protest then perhaps we will change our tactics, but you will not find that Dr. King ever did that.” Instead of engaging with the Aryans our Board members and HREI hosted the 27th year of the Children’s show at NIC. This year is was a wonderful presentation of “Living Voices”. CDA & Post Falls School Districts brought the children in and they learned about human rights atrocities in our history. They were also sent away with a message of hope, tolerance, and support of human rights for all. As they left the college by bus their route went right past Winkler and his crew. Sadly, the little kids saw for themselves a current example of hate. (Photo from “Images of Rachel Dolezal”)

Question: Which way would you prefer to show your distain for KKK activity in Coeur d'Alene — counterprotest, passive resistance, or both?

Vestal: CdA Press’ Misguided Denial

The latest dose of accommodation comes from the Coeur d’Alene Press, which is owned by grandiosity magnate Duane Hagadone. The Press published an editorial last week glibly dismissing the work of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations as yesterday’s news. The editorial – which has drawn outraged responses from task force stalwarts Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel – dealt with the departure of Human Rights Education Institute honcho Dan LePow, who raised less money than was hoped. The unsigned editorial assures readers that “We are ardent supporters of human rights causes in general and HREI in particular.” But the Press’s ardor for human rights runs aground on the shoals of not really wanting to get all specific about local racism. It’s such a bummer. Makes it hard to raise money from the wine-sipping cheese eaters who like their human rights more along the lines of “children’s safety” and “international peace”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: What do you say to people who don't think the region still has a problem with racism?

Press: Task Force Lives In The Past

Over the weekend, Editor Mike Patrick of the Coeur d'Alene Press chided the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations for “living in the past.” Quoth: “(Human Rights Education Institute) is trying to grow into a broad-based human rights education organization, while the task force seems stuck on racism and its glory days of bringing down Richard Butler and his band of Aryan misfits. Ignoring history may guarantee that it's repeated, but living in the past assures one never progresses. In our view, there is too much emphasis from the task force on what was, and not enough on what is or what can be. Constantly reliving the rise and fall of Butler's pathetic little empire does more than keep the past alive and give it ever greater significance in the annals of North Idaho; it reopens wounds among a compassionate populace. And it provides parasitic modern-day racists with the attention they must have to survive.” Full editorial here. (SR photo/Kathy Plonka: Human rights leader Tony Stewart holding up a 1988 edition of the Oregonian.)

Question: Is the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations living in the past? Or is the Coeur d'Alene Press trying to sweep bigotry under the rug?

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