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Shaun Patrick Winkler waves to Mark Eliseuson while entering his compound on the evening of a cross burning ceremony near Priest River. You can see more of Matt's photos of Winkler and the compound he's attempting to build here. (Photo credit 2012: Matt McKnight)
There’s a new effort to build a white supremacist compound in the Northwest. The Southern Poverty Law Center has reported that a man in remote north Idaho has been developing property to revive the Neo-Nazi presence there. Shaun Winkler’s beliefs are no secret in north Idaho. The 34-year-old was a protégé of Richard Butler, the former leader of the Aryan Nations, once headquartered here. More recently, Winkler has picketed Mexican restaurants and a Martin Luther King Day event in Coeur d’Alene. So when Winkler announced he was running for county sheriff, photojournalist Matt McKnight asked to meet with him. "It was pretty obvious to me that what he’s after is building a compound, having that compound for people to live on,” says McKnight. McKnight met with Winkler four times at his property in the Hoodoo Mountains of north Idaho last spring/Jessica Robinson, Northwest News Network (NPR). More here.
DFO: I'm running this because it's the story behind the story that was triggered by Bill Morlin's story for the Southern Poverty Law Center re: the possibility of a new Aryan Nations compound in Bonner County's Hoodoo Mountains.
Photographer Matt McKnight shot this photo of a cross-burning on Shaun Winkler's property in Bonner County's Hoodoo Mountains earlier this year, during Winkler's unsuccessful campaign for county sheriff. McKnight was invited by Winkler to photograph the activities of his group and him. You can see 18 more photos of Winkler & Co. by Matt McKnight here.
A neo-Nazi protégé of Aryan Nations founder Richard G. Butler is building a new compound in North Idaho where he hosts Ku Klux Klan cross burnings and anti-Semitic Christian Identity church services. Shaun Patrick Winkler — who studied the Christian Identity message of hate under Butler until the iconic racist leader’s death in 2004 — purchased 17.3 acres of timbered property last year in the Hoodoo Mountains of Bonner County, Idaho, not far from the former site of the Aryan Nations “world headquarters” in adjoining Kootenai County. He reportedly plans to open it up for families affiliated with the Klan or Aryan Nations to move in and build residences. Construction of the new Aryan-style compound is sending shivers down the spines of area human rights activists who applauded when Butler’s 20-acre hate compound was turned into a cow pasture more than a decade ago/Bill Morlin, Southern Poverty Law Center. More here.
Question: Do you expect to see a revival of the Aryan Nations in North Idaho?
A white power activist campaigning to be the next Bonner County sheriff hosted a cross burning last week with fellow Ku Klux Klan members and is defending the ceremony as a historic Christian ritual.
Shaun Winkler, 33, said mainstream society misses the point about cross-lighting rituals, seeing them only as a symbol of hate and racial intolerance.
“We look at it more as a religious symbol,” Winkler told the Bonner County Daily Bee. Full Story.
"Most people don’t know that we don’t just oppose the Jews and the Negroes,” Winkler said, according to the newspaper. “We also oppose sexual predators and drugs of any kind.”
Oh…it was purely a historic Christian ritual! What can be done to combat the hate and ignorance of Winkler and his ilk?
Here's a news item from the Associated Press: SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) ― A white power activist campaigning to be the next sheriff in a north Idaho county hosted a cross burning last week with fellow members of the Idaho Ku Klux Klan. Thirty-three-year-old Shaun Winkler is also defending the act, calling it a historic ritual steeped in Christian roots. Winkler has been a member of the Aryan Nations and is a KKK imperial wizard. He is also courting voters in hopes of becoming the next Boundary County sheriff. The Bonner County Daily Bee (http://bit.ly/9XTS85) reports that Winkler let media attend the cross burning ceremony at his Priest River home Friday. Winkler says his ties to white power groups would not influence decisions if elected sheriff. He has framed his campaign around the message of cracking down on drugs and sex offenders.
It's unlikely that any other Bonner County sheriff candidate spent their Friday night like Shaun Winkler. At his compound just outside Priest River, Winkler and other family members of the northern Idaho Ku Klux Klan lavern held a get-together that included a nighttime cross lighting. Winkler, 33, is also tied to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian. He has participated in racially-charged Kootenai County protests. According to Winkler, cross lighting, more commonly known as cross burning, often provokes strong reactions from most people. Given that fact, the ceremony is generally conducted in private within the compound once a month or so. "Generally, for a cross lighting, it's extremely rare we'd let any media there at all," he said. However, after discussing the matter with his family and associates, the group agreed to allow outside observation for the ceremony. Winkler said the evening was meant to express both camaraderie and religious devotion/Cameron Rasmusson, Bonner County Bee. More here. (SR 2004 file photo of Shaun Winkler, center)
Tongue firmly cheeked, columnist Argus Hamilton of the Ardmoreite.com Web site writes about a North Idaho neo-Nazi's problem with running for office: "Idaho Ku Klux Klan leader Shaun Winkler announced he will run for Bonner County sheriff in May. His timing was bad. Right now everyone thinks that anyone who wears a hood is protesting racial profiling in Florida, so he'll have trouble getting his message out."
Question: Do you think that sheriff's race in Bonner County might be getting the wrong kind of national attention?
He has been an Aryan Nations member and Ku Klux Klan leader, and now Shaun Winkler wants to be the sheriff in a rural Idaho county near the Canadian border. The white power activist is running as a Republican in the May 15 Bonner County primary to become the top law enforcement officer. Winkler said despite the white supremacist beliefs he holds as a KKK imperial wizard, his brand of justice would be color blind. "In the event I was elected sheriff, I would not act on racial profiling," Winkler said. "Being in the white power movement, I know how it feels to be profiled by law enforcement." Rather, Winkler is running on a platform that includes coming down hard on sex offenders and meth manufacturers, and reducing the impact of federal law enforcement at the county level/Nicholas K. Geranios, AP. More here.
Question: Is it worth getting worked up about Winkler's candidacy since he has little chance to win in Tea Party-influenced Bonner County?
The 33-year-old is running for sheriff in Bonner County, Idaho, despite his affiliation with the Aryan Nation and the Church of Jesus Christ-Christian. He calls himself a “concerned citizen,” and believes law enforcement isn’t doing enough to combat drugs and sex offenders. He also claims he won’t discriminate on the job. Whether or not voters will believe Shaun Winkler remains to be seen, but some question whether he should even be able to run for office. He’s an admitted white supremacist running for a law enforcement position. That’s got to be illegal, right? Wrong. There’s nothing illegal about a white supremacist sheriff candidate/Stephanie Rabiner, Reuters. More here. (SR file photo: Bonner County GOP sheriff's candidate Shaun Winkler, left, at a neo-Nazi march on Sherman Avenue)
Question: Isn't it nice to know that the Bonner County sheriff's race has gotten the attention of international media organization Reuters?
Shaun Winkler wants to be the Bonner County Sheriff and took some time Monday to explain why. Winkler was out Monday afternoon mixing with the public and talking about his campaign goals like cracking down on drug crimes and sexual predators. "I believe it's about time that we have a strong law enforcement stance against certain criminals in our neighborhood," said Winkler. He also thinks federal agencies like the FBI shouldn't have jurisdiction at the county level. The 33-year-old runs a landscaping business and doesn't have any law enforcement background. … A check of his court records, however, reveals he was convicted in 2004 on charges of witness intimidation. But, because he satisfied all the terms of his judgment, he is clear to run for office/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)
Question: Should Bonner County Republicans take a stand against Winkler running as a Republican?
Shaun Winkler shown with anti-Mathew Shepard sign during visit of Westboro Baptist Church at North Idaho College, protesting production of "The Laramie Project," on Oct. 22, 2010. (SR file photo)
An outspoken white supremacist who’s running for Bonner County sheriff contends his views on race will not color his approach to the office if elected. Shaun Patrick Winkler is competing with incumbent Sheriff Daryl Wheeler and Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry for the Republican nomination on May 15. The winner in the primary will face independent Rocky Jordan in the general election in November. Winkler, 33, has links to the Aryan Nations and Church of Jesus Christ-Christian, and has been involved in high-profile, race-related protests in Kootenai County. But Winkler said his motivation to run is not to advance a white supremacist agenda if he’s elected/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.
Question: Will Winkler get more votes (50) than late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler got when Butler ran for Hayden mayor in 2003?
Shaun Winkler, a white supremacist who picketed Mexican food carts in Coeur d'Alene in 2011 and protested the annual Martin Luther King Jr. event at North Idaho College Jan. 13, is running as a Republican for sheriff of Bonner County. Incumbent Republican Sheriff Daryl Wheeler will face Ponderay Police Officer Tim Fry and white separatist and business owner Shaun Patrick Winkler, according to the Bonner County Bee. The victor in the primary will face Rocky Jordan, an independent who ran for sheriff as a Republican in 2008, in the November general election. Winkler, who is originally from Pennsylvania, had lived in Hayden before moving to Priest River last fall. More here. (SR file photo shows Shaun Winkler at the side of the late Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler during the group's bankruptcy sale)
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?
- 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?
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?
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")
- KKK group met with counter-protest/Melissa Luck, KXLY
Question: Which way would you prefer to show your distain for KKK activity in Coeur d'Alene — counterprotest, passive resistance, or both?
RE: Aryan Alert/HucksOnline
Harlem Renaissance (Rachel Dolezal) gives details of counter-demonstration to supremacist protest: Winkler and crew had KKK flags, signs that included “MLK was a (expletive deleted) terrorist” … amongst others. And Winkler was in military garb packing a gun on his belt. I (Rachel Dolezal) posted across the street with an African American Flag (red/green/black) and a sign that said, “Malcolm X is my hero.” Winkler hurled plenty of assaults at me directly, calling me out by name. I said nothing to them the entire time. I was there alone for maybe 20 minutes, and eventually around 25 people showed up, some with signs and flags some with voices. We were black, white, hispanic, gay, straight, male, female, young, and old. Some white male college students stood on the KKK side with signs reading: 'I’m NOT with Stupid' that had arrows pointing at the KKK individuals. Some students had GSA rainbow banners. One guy had a sign that said, 'Not everyone in Idaho is racist.' A veteran came by and said he’s ashamed to have fought for the racists across the street…" (Kathy Plonka 2008 SR file photo of Rachel Dolezal during her tenure as a Human Rights Education Institute educator)
- KKK group hit with counter-protest/Melissa Luck, KXLY
Shaun Winkler is the leader of the small white supremacist group in North Idaho and says there are just a handful of them and he knows exactly who is who and who does what. Winkler says whenever anything directed towards race happens people always are quick to point the finger at them because they are the easy targets. He says planting a bomb at a public event is just something they would never consider doing. "Planting a bomb from our end would not benefit us at all," said Shaun Winkler, Imperial Wizard of White Knights/Mike Perry, KHQ. More here. (SR file photo/Brian Plonka: Richard Butler and Aryan Nation member Shaun Winkler leave the U.S. Courthouse on Jan. 30, 2001, after Butler's hearing to delay the Aryan bankruptcy sale.)
Question: Were you here in 1986 when members of the Aryan Nations bombed three Coeur d'Alene locations and later Father Bill Wassmuth's house?
A Hayden man who was tired of hearing his neighbors yelling "white power" was told by a Kootenai County sheriff's deputy to allow the law to handle disturbing-the-peace situations rather than to try to do something himself. Shealyn Marie Winkler, 25, of 9656 Hillview Drive, called the sheriff's office after Scot Lee Fuhrman, 41, allegedly hollered an expletive at her and Shaun Patrick Winkler, 31, Friday night. Shaun Winkler and other area supremacists picketed two Mexican food stands last week. Fuhrman told a deputy that the Winklers regularly yell "white power" and try to run the neighborhood. When they returned home around 10 p.m. Friday and yelled "white power," he shouted back to discourage them from continuing. Shealyn Winkler called the sheriff's office because she said she was afraid the situation would escalate.
Last week, white supremacists associated with the Aryan Nations decided to picket two Mexican restaurants in Coeur d'Alene with signs which encouraged passerby's to "Honk if you want Idaho White.” The organizer, Shaun Winkler, is an odious little toadie well known to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He opted to join the ever popular Phelps family when they protested against teh gay last October in Coeur d'Alene. Now I dunno why Winkler decided to target Messicans with his hate. Perhaps Winkler was encouraged from the open hostility shown Hispanics by one of the local Republican parties who objected to the word "Fiesta" used by the Bonner County Fair committee during the contentious debate surrounding Arizona's race baiting immigration reform attempt. Maybe it was the thinly veiled dog whistle race baiting ads in our last congressional election/Sisyphus, 43rd State Blues. More here.
Question: Sisyphus goes on to encourage his readers to support the two Mexican food stands picketed by racists last week. Or similar ones in the Boise area. Which Mexican food stand in Coeur d'Alene is best?