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Stapilus: Racists getting bolder

Turn over a rock around certain places in the Northwest and you’ll see – white supremacists, usually scurrying away when the spotlight shines in their direction. But Sunday night in Seattle, that changed. Back in and around the 80s, supremacists were highly visible and in the headlines. That was especially true with the Aryan Nations group in the Idaho Panhandle, which held cross burning events and occasional parades in downtown Coeur d’Alene. There were high profile criminal events around the region too. But we haven’t heard so much of that in recent years. It’s not that the supremacists aren’t around, it’s just that they’ve been keeping relatively quiet. That changed in a big way on Sunday night. In Seattle’s Capitol Hill area (generally a liberal redoubt), a crowd of (masked) supremacists took to the streets. Where they went, the sound of breaking glass was heard; in the area, a TV news van was trashed/Randy Stapilus, Ridenbaugh Press. More here.

Question: Do you expect to see a rise in white supremacism in this area some time soon?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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