An Ugly Reminder...

by

... that racism is alive and not so well in Northern Idaho. The executive director of Coeur d’Alene’s Human Rights Institute says she found a noose hanging at her home, the second such incident since September. Rachel Dolezal, who is black, says she’s been a target of a series of hate-based vandalism at her homes in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, Wash.

062210-noose-2.jpg

Amy Herzfeld, executive director of the Boise-based Idaho Human Rights Education Center says the incidents “underscore the importance of their (the Human Rights Institute) work.”

And the Treasure Valley isn't immune. Herzfeld sites this past February’s flurry of racist fliers found near Boise State University, Boise High School and the downtown YMCA.

hate_flyer1.jpg
hate_flyer2.jpg
Herzfeld says, “There’s a great deal of national political hostility, and (local hate groups) are harnessing that negativity.” Boise police identified a person of interest for distributing the fliers, but made no arrest, because according to prosecutors, “he did not violate any laws.”

Other Treasure Valley hate crimes in recent memory include a swastika carved on the door of the Idaho Black History Museum in April 2002 and vandalism to the Anne Frank Memorial in May of 2007. Meanwhile, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department has opened up an investigation into a possible hate crime at Dolezal’s home.