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.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 9:17 a.m.
Idaho Anne Frank memorial defaced with racist language
Idaho officials say an Anne Frank memorial was defaced with racist and anti-Semitic language.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
21-year-old sentenced in Idaho man’s beating death
One of four men charged in connection with the beating death of a gay man in Idaho has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Sun., April 30, 2017, 8:53 p.m.
Idaho man sentenced for hate crime in gay man’s murder
An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Fri., April 28, 2017, midnight
Shawn Vestal: Racist truck sign honors shameful history
It’s not like the guy could be all that smart. But there’s no way Jim Valentine could be quite this dumb: The Post Falls man stuck a gross caricature of …
Mon., April 10, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Idaho man sentenced in killing of gay man
An Idaho man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for his role in the death of a gay man.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
Historical marker dedicated to MLK at Memphis airport
A yearlong series of events taking place ahead of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, kicked off Monday with the unveiling of a historical …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:31 p.m.
Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal
A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Refugee came too far to be greeted with racist fliers
Refugee Aung Zaw’s life has been full of enough strife that a few racist posters pasted to the door where he works didn’t rattle him too much. But the rest …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 7:35 a.m.
Racist posters plastered in 3 areas of Spokane
About a month after racist posters
UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Racist posting draws political ire and distracts from Spokane Valley community event
A racist Facebook post cast a shadow over the Recreation Against Racism event held Sunday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane Valley.
Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight
Spokane-area community leaders speak out against racism
Prominent community leaders spoke out against racism Sunday during the Recreation Against Racism event in the large HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 5:19 p.m.
Breitbart readers take issue with UW Tacoma policy addressing racism in writing
Breitbart, the alt-right website, got more than 4,000 comments on a short story Wednesday highlighting a statement from the University of Washington Tacoma Writing Center regarding racism in writing and …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
White nationalist, racist posters line streets of downtown
Monroe Street and Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane were tagged with white nationalist and anti-refugee posters Thursday morning.
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Idaho man admits to federal hate crime in gay man killing
An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime in the death of a gay man in exchange for a chance at a 28-year sentence instead of life …
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
Spokane Police investigate vandalism of GOP headquarters as a hate crime
Spokane Police are investigating the vandalism of the Spokane County Republican headquarters as a hate crime.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Spokane woman finds racist sign in her front yard
When Lena Negrete woke up and opened her blinds around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, she was greeted by an unfamiliar site: a large, white sign propped up in her front yard …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017, midnight
Stevens County man’s acquittal of hate crime after threatening Kettle Falls family surprises prosecutors
A jury recently acquitted a Stevens County man of burglary and malicious harassment charges he faced after he broke into the Kettle Falls Inn and threatened the manager and his …
Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 6:15 a.m.
Investigation of Kevin Harpham’s 2011 planned MLK March bombing in Spokane turned terrorism into an FBI case study
Hundreds of marchers gathered in downtown Spokane on the morning of Jan. 17, 2011, for speeches and a show of solidarity as part of the the Martin Luther King Jr. …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 6 a.m.
Whites-only covenants still exist in many mid-century Spokane neighborhoods
In more than 30 plats or subdivisions across Spokane County, covenants restricting home sales to whites still exist. They have no force of law, but would take individual action to …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane woman starts petition to make killing police a hate crime
Enough is enough. It’s got to stop. That’s what Jeanette Gerber-Rockstrom thought when she woke up and learned another law enforcement officer had lost his life in the line of …
“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., 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 …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 5:02 p.m.
Idaho man charged with federal hate crime in fatal beating
A southwestern Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then badly beat him, causing …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
Confronting hate 1 stroke at a time
In his column today, Shawn Vestal/SR comments on the racist graffiti spray-painted on the side of the Spokane children’s center named for Marting Luther King Jr.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 8:38 a.m.
Redoubter blames media for image
Steve Cameron of the Coeur d’Alene Press interviewed two white Christian veterans re: the controversial American Redoubt movement. Ex-Californian Don Bradway, a local GOP precinct committeeman who was quoted extensively …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 9:02 a.m.
Aryan ghost haunts us still
A Press writer opines that Cda is still tainted with an Aryan brush. Agree or disagree? Cindy “…people who have never set foot in North Idaho seem to think we’ve …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 1:25 p.m.
Group presents petitions to US Attorney calling for federal hate crime charges in Steven Nelson’s death
The group “Better Idaho” has delivered petitions with more than 1,500 signatures to U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson calling for federal hate crime charges to be filed against the four men …
Tue., Dec. 8, 2015, 11:27 a.m.
Police investigate possible hate crime after Twin Falls Islamic Center defaced with reference to Japanese internment
Police in Twin Falls are investigating a possible hate crime after a building under construction by the Islamic Center of Twin Falls was hit by vandals who spray-painted “HUNT CAMP?” …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, 6 a.m.
North Cascades lake renamed to avoid racist term
GEOGRAPHIC NAMES – The federal government has renamed a lake and a creek in north-central Washington to honor an African American miner who staked claims in the area 125 years …
Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 3:44 p.m.
McGraw-Hill history textbook refers to African slaves as ‘workers’
A Texas mother noticed something disturbing last week in her son’s “World Geography” textbook. The book referred to African slaves brought to the United States as “workers.”
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015, 2:48 p.m.
Harpham loses latest appeal
Kevin William Harpham, the man who planted a bomb laced with rat poison along the parade route on Martin Luther King Day in 2011, has lost his most recent appeal …
Wed., June 17, 2015, 8:15 a.m.
Spokane NAACP asks police to continue hate mail investigation
The Spokane chapter of the NAACP released a statement today asking the Spokane Police Department to continue its investigation into allegations of hate mail sent to the chapter. Police announced …
Fri., June 12, 2015, 9 a.m.
The second “War Pigs” letter sent to Dolezal was an apology, not a threat
Much of the recent news about local NAACP President Rachel Dolezal was sparked by the news that a letter allegedly dropped in the NAACP’s P.O. box had no postal date …
Thu., March 5, 2015, 12:11 p.m.
Inslee condemns vandalism against Hindu temples
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee denounced recent vandalism against Hindu temples in the metropolitan Puget Sound, calling them “acts of intolerance, intimidation and violence.”
Tue., Dec. 9, 2014, 9:08 a.m.
FBI data shows drop in hate crimes
Hate crimes in the U.S. fell in 2013, according to FBI data released Monday, even as the agency included several new bias categories. Spokane and Spokane Valley also saw a …
Mon., July 14, 2014, 2:49 p.m.
Task Force Denounces Hate Crime
Spokeswoman Heather Keen of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe reports that the Idaho Department of Transportation has already replaced the historical market contaminated with racist graffiti. She encourages anyone with …
Thu., March 6, 2014, 12:34 p.m.
Racist heckler flips off immigration activists
Activists trying to rally support for immigration reform outside Spokane City Hall got a rude welcome to the Inland Northwest this morning. A young man walked briskly past the ongoing …
Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 12:02 p.m.
Today’s fun video: Racist or not?
The Daily Show plays the Racist or Not Racist game.
Wed., Oct. 9, 2013, 8:19 a.m.
Dees: Fight For Equality Continues
Morris Dees, a lawyer and major foe of the Aryan Nations in the North Idaho hate group’s heyday, said Tuesday at the University of Idaho that the work of fighting …
Wed., Sept. 25, 2013, 1:32 p.m.
Task Force Reaches Out To Leith, ND
A blog, Not In Our Town, has started to raise awareness and support for the residents of Leith, N.D., who are fighting an attempted takeover of their town by a …
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.