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OOST: Scott unravels years of progress

Out of Stater Tater (RE: Rep. Heather Scott slams media, says Civil War about states' rights): "In a way, she's right. It was about states' rights...whether or not to allow slavery. To insist the Civil War had nothing to do with slavery is revisionist history at its worst. Instead of spending so much time "studying" this garbage, I wish she would learn a little more about Idaho's struggle with white supremacist groups, and why so many who grew up in the state aren't pleased to see ANYONE, let alone an elected official openly fly a flag that the Aryan Nations and other hate groups flew because they readily understood it as a symbol of racist oppression. They used it to send a message to minorities, which was essentially, "Stay out of North Idaho." Does Heather Scott not understand how hard the people of North Idaho worked, and continue to work, to rid ourselves of that image? Every time she pulls this stunt, she undoes years of hard work."

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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