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Posts tagged: Rachel Dolezal

Letter: HBO Didn’t Do KCTFHR Justice

Re: Rachel Dolezal's protest/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries (2nd item)

In the “Spokesman Review” Huckleberries column on Sunday, January 22, 2012, it was suggested that the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations prefers to accentuate the positive and focus on education with regard to confronting bigotry, prejudice and hate. This is only a partial description of who we are. For 31 years, the work and activities of the KCTFHR have included supporting the victims of hate crimes going back as far as the Sid Rosen and Connie Fort cases in the early 1980’s, the Victoria and Jason Keenan case in 1998 and the more recent 2011 Marlon Baker case. Let us not forget that members of our board have experienced serious threats on their lives such as the bombing of the late Father Bill Wassmuth’s home. We are not just a feel good organization/Christie Wood & Tony Stewart, Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. More here. (2009 SR file photo: Tony Stewart, right, and Sgt. Christie Wood speaks to media about racist literature)

Question: Have you ever participated in an event staged by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations?

Noon: Nazis Don’t Want Media Stories?

I need to set the record straight on an issue that seems to be being misunderstood by many. Never once did I or any members of White Knights ask for media at our events. We do not need the liberal misguiding media to send our message. As a matter of fact I would like to thank the varios media outlets that chose to not cover stories about us. I find it better for community members that see us out at demonstrations to be able to come right up to us and get solid facts right from us rather than hearing it through the media that only seems to print what they want to about a particular issue. So I ask the media to please continue to not cover our demonstrations so we can continue to get facts out to the communtiy/Shaun Winkler, White Knights of Ku Klux Klan, Spirit Lake. More here. (2001 SR file photo of Shaun Winkler, background, leaving Kootenai County Courthouse with Richard Butler in Aryan Nations bankruptcy civil trial)

Question: Do you believe Winkler when he says he doesn't want media coverage?

Hucks Poll: Ignore KKK Group

  • Tuesday's Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation sez the best way to deal with the occasional KKK protest by local racist Shaun Winkler & a handful of followers is to ignore them. 122 of 141 respondents (86.52%) took that position. Only 17 of 141 respondents (12.06%) supported counter-demonstration as advocated by former Human Rights Education Institute educator Rachel Dolezal. 2 respondents were undecided.
  • Today's Question: Will a solid majority of Coeur d'Alene back McEuen Field changes, if the City Council finds ways to compromise on controversial proposals?

Rachel: MLK Wasn’t Passive

Harlem Renaissance (Rachel Dolezal) re: Christie: Disagree with counterprotest: I’d like to add a few responses to clarify, because I believe a false dichotomy is being created here. Why is the question education or protest? A true Dr. King approach is both. I am an Educator by profession. I began my work in Mississippi and have continued human rights and intercultural education at the university and public school level after leaving my affiliation with HREI. Yes, that’s part of the solution. I will never minimize that. But to pretend that protest is not acceptable, needful or that it was not part of Dr. MLK’s path is to not fully appreciate the Civil Rights Movement. The entire movement was based on DOING something rather than sitting by, ignoring things and letting the gravity of human depravity run its course with ongoing Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The sit-ins were active, not passive. The marches were active, not passive. The voter-registration was active, not passive. Non-violent (on the part of those who championed equality) and tasteful? Yes, but passive? No. More here.

Question: When would you know that the time is ripe for counterprotest?

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?

Parting Shot — 6.22.10

Here’s a closer look at that noose that Human Rights Institute director Rachel Dolezal found hanging from her carport this week. You can read about the repugnant incident here. Also, you can read about the move by Rachel’s organization to combat the one or two neo-Nazi flags flying in one Coeur d’Alene neighborhood here. The photo was provided by Rachel.

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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