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.
Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: It’s OK to be white, but bad to be dumb
The up-and-coming generation of white “nationalists” in American colleges are taking the old recipe of racial provocation in a new direction, with the “It’s OK to Be White” campaign.
Sat., Dec. 2, 2017
Hate not welcome here: Locals mobilize after spate of racist incidents
Spurred by a surge in racist messaging around the region, several local activists have launched the Hate is not Welcome Here campaign, an effort aimed at promoting tolerance.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Racist propaganda on CDs left on cars parked at Sandpoint High School
More than 50 compact discs filled with racist propaganda were placed on the windshields of dozens of cars in the Sandpoint High School parking lot on Thursday, the school’s Cedar …
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Pumpkin covered in racist slogans discovered in west Spokane
A Spokane man discovered a pumpkin, with a wooden stave driven into it, covered in racist slurs targeting Arabs, Thursday.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Blackface photo prompts apology from Idaho credit union
An Idaho credit union issued a public apology after a photo circulated online showing four bank workers dressed as caricatures of black athletes.
“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.
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
Scott issues statement saying white nationalism post was intended to ‘promote conversation’
Rep. Heather Scott has sent a scathing statement to the Bonner Daily Bee denouncing me, by name, for having written an article last week about her Facebook post defending white …
Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott defends white nationalism; experts say she’s wrong
North Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, in a Facebook post on Sunday, defended white nationalists in the wake of the events in Charlotte, Va. a day earlier, posting that a …
Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
After prodding from Otter and reminder of Idaho’s experience, Labrador breaks silence, condemns racist violence
Gov. Butch Otter recalled Idaho’s experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho–and called on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who had remained mum for …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 8:29 a.m.
Vestal: Burmese refugee came too far to be greeted by flyer
In today’s column, Shawn Vestal/SR tells of a Burmese refugee in Spokane who arrived at work recently to be greeted by a racist flyer. Among the messages left by a …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Nampa man pleads innocent to federal hate crime charge in killing of gay man
An Idaho man charged with a federal hate crime in the beating death of a gay man has pleaded not guilty in Boise’s U.S. District Court on Tuesday. A March …
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.