Pin It
Favorite

Letters to the editor-1 

Yet another dismal Aryan Nations parade has come and passed in characteristic anticlimactic form. Even my 12-year-old daughter was amazed. "All this security for these 27 guys?"


But beyond the heavy-handed, very costly security, and beyond even the fact of the semi-annual Butler Days parades, lies the truer issue for our Inland Northwest region: the absence of any sort of Coeur d'Alene based critical mass standing in protest of the White Supremacist presence in our community.


Bigotry is an issue that will never die so long as those who claim to be battling for tolerance are afraid of confrontation or retaliation. And without assembling a solid body of protestors, peaceful, silent or otherwise, we as a community are turning our backs on the issue of bigotry, intolerance and hate.


Perhaps even more damaging is the way this passivity plays on media outside our region. Passivity translates as apathy, which in turn is interpreted by readers and viewers as tacit agreement with the tenets of the White Supremacy movement. And the image of our region as disseminated in the mass press around the world is something we can't afford to have sullied, dependent as we have become on tourism dollars and on attracting new businesses from elsewhere in the country.


Think about it. How good does our community look when the official stance against the White Supremacist movement is "just ignore them and they'll go away?" If ignoring the bully in the first grade was ineffective at protecting milk money, then why do we now think that ignoring Butler and his boys will be effective in driving him out of our community?


Butler managed to completely shut down downtown Coeur d'Alene for six hours with his bogus demonstration. So now Butler not only owns the streets, but we've officially given him control over merchant and business economics for the first half of a Saturday.


I find the fact that we as a community were dissuaded from staging any sort of a protest, peaceful or otherwise, to be very telling. Perhaps not of the true feelings toward bigotry in our community, but most definitely of the bleeding apathy and abject fear present here, that allows Butler and his rag-tag band of toothless inbreeds to have Coeur d'Alene by the balls.


Somehow I think we should be stronger than this. & &





& & Bridget Campbell -- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho & &

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Reunited We Stand
  • Reunited We Stand

    With major provisions of Trump's executive order put on temporary hold, 11 Iraqi refugees reunite with their families in Spokane
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • Working Blue
  • Working Blue

    Spokane police officer under fire for profanity; plus, Tomi Lahren — and her opinions — are coming to town
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • 'Cautiously Optimistic'
  • 'Cautiously Optimistic'

    Spokane Public Schools has seen improvement since committing to reducing suspensions, but the hardest part is yet to come
    • Feb 16, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 7

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by n/a

  • Iron Upgrade
  • Iron Upgrade

    The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.
    • May 12, 2010
  • Seeing Gay
  • Seeing Gay

    A festival showing GLBT from all angles
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • Get Out the Vote
  • Get Out the Vote

    With all the uncertainty in the world these days, hot wings and cold beer are two things we can get behind
    • Nov 9, 2009
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight

    Why we're filling the streets to protest Trump's inhumane, dangerous policies
    • Feb 2, 2017
  • Obscene Gestures

    Spokane political party leaders hope to harness post-election passion into civil discourse. But so far, there's only been more strife
    • Feb 9, 2017
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


green zone


marijuana


Comment


do something


Readers also liked…

  • Manufacturing Fear
  • Manufacturing Fear

    Spokane's Republican sheriff says members of his own party are dangerously dividing people
    • Aug 12, 2015
  • Patrolling While Black
  • Patrolling While Black

    Gordon Grant's nearly 30 years as a Spokane cop have been affected by race, but that's not the whole story
    • Jul 8, 2015

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation