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Aryans Stage Protest Near HR Institute

I have a friend who moved here last year from the Portland area and she called me a few minutes ago about the Aryans on NW Blvd. She was freaking out, crying, saying she couldn't believe her eyes, that she'd never seen anything like it in her life and that she wanted to puke. She had driven around the block three times to holler (expletive deleted) at them, at which point they all gave her the finger and cheered wildly. To me, the saddest part is how nonplussed I was by this news. I told her that it's not that uncommon to see those idiots around town doing their hate thing. I told her that they thrive on attention and in the future it'd probably be best to just ignore them and go along her merry way, or she's just feeding into exactly what they're after: a reaction. Depressing, because I should be more outraged by these things but I have just become a bit numb to it/OrangeTV. More below.

Question: Have you become numb to the presence of supremacist activity in the Coeur d'Alene/Hayden area?

Institute Targets Supremacists’ Flags

Human rights activists in Coeur d’Alene have decided to fight flags with flags. For months, people have been walking into the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene asking what they can do about two nearby residences flying white supremacist flags, said Rachel Dolezal, the institute’s education director. The institute’s staff and volunteers brainstormed a response and decided to create a flag of their own, this one emblazoned with a human rights message. They are encouraging residents to fly the flags in their neighborhoods and use them to establish “hate-free zones” throughout the region/Alison Boggs, SR. More here.

Question: Would you be interested in flying a human rights flag at your home in an attempt to establish a ‘hate-free zone’ in your neighborhood? Or do you think this idea will fly?

KREM: Human Rights Leader Finds Noose

Coeur d’Alene Police are investigating a possible hate crime in which a noose was found hanging at a woman’s home. The house belongs to Rachel Dolezal, Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute in Coeur d’Alene. Dolezal tells KREM 2 News her brother found the noose hanging from rafters on her property on Tuesday, June 15/KREM. More here.

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