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Sun May 26, 2019, 01:42 PM

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

SPOKANE, Wash. Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.

White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.

The neo-Nazi group was based near Hayden Lake, Idaho, starting in the 1970s, and eventually was bankrupted in a lawsuit brought by local activists and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its compound was seized, and supporters dispersed.

But a series of incidents in recent weeks show far-right sentiments never really left the conservative region. In the county that is home to Hayden Lake, for instance, Republicans last month passed a measure expressing support for U.S. entry of a prominent Austrian far-right activist who was investigated for ties to the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman.

In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America's Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center does not track how many members belong to each group.

Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of hate groups is growing across the U.S., driven in part by a toxic political culture. The human rights group counted 784 active hate groups in the U.S. in 2014 and 1,020 in 2018.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hate-makes-a-comeback-in-the-pacific-northwest/ar-AABU6V0?li=BBnbfcL

Trump's biggest accomplishment is that groups like these no longer fear crawling out from under their rocks.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2019 OP
MFM008 May 2019 #1
leftyladyfrommo May 2019 #2
rockfordfile May 2019 #7
leftyladyfrommo May 2019 #8
Initech May 2019 #3
appalachiablue May 2019 #4
ismnotwasm May 2019 #5
appalachiablue May 2019 #6

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 02:07 PM

1. Emboldened

By the maggot in chief.
Spreading worldwide...AGAIN.
70+ years since WW2.
Nobody learned 💩💩💩💩.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 02:15 PM

2. There have always been weirdos out there in those

woods. I grew up in Spokane in the 50's. I remember rumors of satan worshippers in Rathdrum.

Northern Idaho and Montana are just wild places where weirdos can hide out.

For years all those logging and mining towns were wide open. Wallace was a mining town where just about everything went on.

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Response to leftyladyfrommo (Reply #2)

Mon May 27, 2019, 02:27 AM

7. This is more out in the open because of the Neo-Nazi in the White House

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Response to rockfordfile (Reply #7)

Mon May 27, 2019, 05:36 AM

8. Oh, I'm sure.

and I just hate that. Those woods and deep lakes are gorgeous.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2019, 02:32 PM

3. It's truly disturbing.

Trump and Putin have ushered in a new era of hate and nationalism that seems to be on the rise all over the world, and it seems like there isn't a whole lot we can do to stop it.

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Sun May 26, 2019, 09:57 PM

5. My SIL, who is no liberal

Is infuriated that White Nationalist groups are not classified as terrorists. He works for the prisons.

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Mon May 27, 2019, 12:07 AM

6. Fantastic natural beauty in the area yet the Aryan whiteness

of the population and lack of diversity really stood out in Snoqualmie, WA, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and other places we visited. JMHO. Tensions are rising, issues are becoming more complex and divisive; things have to improve.

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