Racism

Morgan Keating / City Club of Boise

In 1964, an assurance of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” was extended to Black America. 56 years have passed awaiting this to become a reality. Having allotted enough time for discussion,  it is time for palpable action. To be sure, housing, economics, jobs, education, and more play a significant role in the racism we see today. Today, millions of people are marching not because of those issues, but rather the issue of continued racist policing practices across the country.

 


Daniel Okrent’s The Guarded Gate tells the chilling story of how anti-immigration activists of the early twentieth century — most of them well-born, many of them progressives — used the bogus science of eugenics to justify closing the immigration door in 1924.


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With protesters taking to the streets nationwide to demand justice for George Floyd and confront police brutality and systemic racism, Mountain West News Bureau reporters are gathering perspectives of people of color from around the region.

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A rally this week in Boise included Nazi imagery and other racist symbols, conjuring the darkest corners of Idaho history.  


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As Black Lives Matter rallies continue across the country, some counter protesters and militia members are giving new life to an old racist myth – that white Irish people were enslaved in the Americas just like Africans and Indigenous people.

 

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Hundreds of people came to the Idaho State Capitol in Boise Saturday to decry racial injustice in the health care system. 

 


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This Friday is Juneteenth, a national holiday in most states celebrating the end of slavery. There are planned protests around the Mountain West to keep attention on racial injustice and police brutality, including one on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. 

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There's growing concern about violence at anti-racism protests after an armed man shot a protester at a demonstration on Monday in Albuquerque, with a number of activists across the Mountain West saying they have been harassed.

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On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Union at England’s Cambridge University to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., America's most influential conservative intellectual.


At a hearing last weekend about a Colorado bill on vaccination, Dr. Reginald Washington had originally planned to make several urgent points in support of the bill. 

First, that diseases like measles are resurging, and they’re serious. (He’d know. He’s treated patients with complications from measles and pertussis.) Second, due to COVID-19, children are missing well-child visits and skipping vaccinations, putting them at risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. 

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Heated debate over justice in America in the shadow of the death of George Floyd continues to boil over in many of the nation’s cities. 

 

 


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During the last presidential election, many lower- and middle-class white Americans were drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But have the resulting policies actually placed those very Americans at a greater risk of sickness and death?

  

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Derek Black grew up at the center of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet, and his godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek was 19, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show and a growing voice in white nationalism. But after enrolling in college and growing his circle of friends outside a cloistered and racist movement, Derek began to question those beliefs.


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The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups nationwide. Data from the organization reveals the number of groups in Idaho is down, but they remain a concentrated force in parts of the Gem State.


Jeromy Tarkon

Jeromy Tarkon, an Eagle soccer coach, received a shocking note on his car windshield last weekend. Tarkon is the coach of the Idaho Juniors Futbol Club, a soccer club based in the Eagle area.

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Officials with the Idaho Black History Museum say someone wrote a racial slur on the roof of the museum's storage shed.

Museum director Phillip Thompson said Wednesday that he found the slur sketched in the snow while heading to a board meeting. Thompson has since shared photos of the slur on the Boise museum's Facebook page.

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Since the presidential election last week, colleges and universities have been dealing with reports of verbal and physical altercations between some Donald Trump supporters and other students.

Baseball legends hold a special place in our country’s collective heart. Dizzy Dean, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are still household names generations after their feats on the baseball diamond made them famous.

But perhaps none represents the promise and hard truths of the American experience during baseball’s golden age better than pitching great Satchel Paige.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend.

An annual count released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that the number of active hate groups in the Northwest dropped dramatically in 2013.

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In the summer 2013 edition of its quarterly magazine, the Southern Poverty Law Center details the racist writings of a white supremacist named Farnham O’Reilly. 

The Alabama-based organization keeps an eye on such authors and recently discovered O’Reilly is actually the pen name of a certified public accountant from Payette, Idaho named Tim Folke.