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Stebbi: Aryan Pickets Are Harassers

Stebbijo: To openly picket at a mexican food stand is not free speech — it is a form of harrassment for racial purposes only. These guys are NOT picketing the hot dog or barbeque foodstands which we also have in CDA. They are pretty obvious when they wave their KKK flag - that they are protesting races that they do not approve. The police force —next time they show up at a legal mexican food stand needs to move in and arrest them. Period.

Question: Stebbijo raises a good point. Local supremacists are harassing a legitimate business with their intimidating pickets. Why isn't that malicious harassment instead of an example of free speech?

Aryan Defends Picket, Free Speech

AryanWomen88 (Re: Vandals, bigots target struggling stand): I just returned from N gov way & Sherman ave at the Cda park (where supremacists were picketing Saturday afternoon), and had the chance to speak with imperial wizard Shaun Winkler, he is more racist than even i am, It doesnt matter if you agree or disagree with the kkk , you should all take a opportuinty to go down and talk with him to hear thier reasoning to why they are out there its not just about the food, he says they will be at one of the taco stands every friday at lunch. so go down and talk with him or protest him or whatever, afterall he says he believes in everones right to free speach. … I dont believe they should be able to set up taco trucks where every they please and have them on all street corners, why dont they purchase or lease buildings that are vacant to run a legitement restaurant? Putting a taco cart on every corner makes our town look like trash!

DFO: I know this post is unsettling. It was posted by a person involved in the local racist protest against the three Mexican food stands in Coeur d'Alene. I view this as an opportunity to let the supremacists what you think of their protests.

Task Force Urges Support Of Stands

Human-rights leader Tony Stewart (pictured in SR file photo) of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations today visited the two Mexican food stands that were picketed by white supremacists before the Martin Luther King holiday this month. In a phone interview, Tony told Huckleberries that he told the vendors (of Chiludo's, at 3000 Government Way, and Taco Works, at 5th & Appleway) that the racist protesters don't represent Coeur d'Alene values — and promised to tell his friends and acquaintances to frequent the business in a show of support. Tony and task force VP Christie Wood were en route to Spokane for a 3 o'clock meeting with Mayor Mary Verner and others to recommend how to respond to the attempted bombing that appears to have targeted the MLK Day parade this week. Also, Tony said he talked to CNN reporters three different times Thursday, to explain Coeur d'Alene's response to racist activity in the past and also to the Wall Street Journal and the Missoulian.

Question: Have you considered buying a meal from the two Mexican food stands to show your support for them, after the supremacist protest?

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