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Cops Outnumber KKK In Spirit Lake

Knights of the Ku Klux Klan held a membership eat, greet, and meet in Spirit Lake, Idaho Saturday. They asked for their supporters to “come out and meet the Aryan Nations” and to “get involved.” 12 members of law enforcement from Spirit Lake Police, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and U.S. Secret Service were all there to assist. There were no major disturbances except for a minor incident when a protestor unplugged the speaker's microphone. Eleven protestors and 6 KKK members were there and no new members came to take part/Shawn Chitniss, KREM2. More here.

Question: Why do Aryan Nations/KKK stage rallies in out-of-the-way places that attract few people? Media exposure? To let people know that they haven't totally gone away? What?

Black Idaho Solon Gets KKK Mailing

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?

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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?

Idaho Hall To Induct Rushmore Sculptor

(Idaho native & Mount Rushmore sculptor) Gutzon Borglum’s motivations for dealing with the KKK may be hazy, but the association has long been a matter of public record. Maybe not as well known as longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd’s KKK history (but well known nonetheless). Which renders this quote from Idaho Hall of Fame president Dallas Cox uninformed at best. “Oh my gosh, you’re kidding?” Cox told The Associated Press. “Well, I’ll bet if we sat down and took every one of the inductees since 1995, you could find something on every one of them.” Now that’s reassuring. When Borglum joins the hall’s class of 2010 inductees, this won’t exactly represent a monument to due diligence/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Should the Idaho Hall of Fame induct Mount Rushmore sculptor Guzon Borglum, who has documented ties to the KKK?

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