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History of Hate

Racist vandalism and literature continue to crop up in the Inland Northwest nearly a decade after the bankruptcy of the Aryan Nations in North Idaho and the death of its founder, Richard Butler. Beyond the hate, however, the region has its share of stories about groups and individuals who have stood up against racism, such as Tony Stewart and the founding of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. Read more about the issues here.



  • “Stand by your Klan” by Doug Clark

    Doug Clark’s latest parody song is about Edgar Steele, a former attorney for the Aryan Nations, and his wife, who is accused of plotting to have killed. It’s set to the tune of “Stand by your Man” by Tammy Wynette.



  • Harpham appeal dismissal

    A nine-page order from Senior U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush dismisses the latest appeal lodged by Kevin W. Harpham, the man who placed an explosive along the route of the Martin Luther King Day march in 2011, asking to overturn his 32-year prison sentence.

  • Muslim vandalism letter

    A letter sent by the Washington Council on American-Islamic Relations to U.S. District Attorney Mike Ormsby asking for a formal, federal investigation into the message “Death to Islam” spray painted on a community center where Ramadan prayers were taking place July 4, 2015.

Photo galleries

  • Hate crimes and human rights advocates

    Historical photos of the purveyors of hate crimes in North Idaho and the people who have fought to stop them.

  • Anti-Aryan Nations news conference

    Spokane and North Idaho officials and human rights organizers gave a news conference Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, about combating the recent distribution of racist fliers in Coeur d’Alene.

    Photos by Jesse Tinsley