Fighting Hate in North Idaho
Human rights activists to turn small racist parade into media circus, fundraiser
by Don Harkins
COEUR dí ALENE--Aryan Nations Leader Richard Butler has announced plans to seek a
permit to hold a parade in honor of Adolf Hitlerís birthday and Wassmuthians
plan to use the parade to fill its hate fighting coffers through pledges. Hoping to
avoid the likelihood that, without their promotional efforts, the parade would be an
insignificant event that would come and go without many people being affected or
inconvenienced, human rights activists are going to make sure that the event is blown
to the widest possible proportion. It is in the best interest of those who fight hate
for a living that as many people as possible from all over the world do not forget to
associate north Idaho with racism.
Sensing that the Hitler day celebration will be the revenue generating event of the
spring season, Wassmuthians are promoting the event from coast to coast in order to
solicit pledges to help fight the hate that they are promoting.
Previous hate promotions have been so effective that people in Australia who have
never been to north Idaho think that all north Idahoans are racists and, as a result,
Wassmuthians have been able to raise millions of dollars to fight racism.
According to an article in the Spokesman Review which seemed to approve
of the concept that promoting racism for the purpose of generating money to fight
racism makes sense, similar parade pledge promotions to raise money to fight hate
have been used by human rights activists in Pennsylvania.
The same Spokesman Review article quoted long time human rights
activist Jewish Defense League member Irv Rubin as saying, "There are times for love
and times for hate," and added that, "I think itís a shame people up here canít show
hate to the Aryans."
What activists like Rubin probably know but will not admit to publicly is that the
reason we can afford not to show hate for the Aryan Nations is because, if it werenít
for activists like himself and the Wassmuthians, we could all forget that they even
Rubin is organizing a protest march for the same day and can be counted on to engage
in animated activities that will increase media interest in the event and therefore
increase the revenue potential for Wassmuthians.
Butler is hoping that at least 100 Aryans will participate in the parade. Considering
that it is commonly understood that at least 30 percent of attendees at the typical
Aryan function are federal agents, human rights activists will have to work well
together and collectivize their marketing skills to maximize world concern that hate
is alive and well in north Idaho.
They have their work cut out for them because it will take some real promotional
expertise to convince the world that north Idaho is the hate capital of the universe
when only 70 people in the entire area who are not federal agents are hateful enough
to celebrate Hitlerís birthday in public.
Think about this: Hitlerís political philosophy was national socialism. A quick surf
of the NWC website and a following of its links indicates that it espouses a political
philosophy of international socialism. Hitler used hate to his political advantage.
What are the Wassmuthians doing?
Human Rights Leader Lives Comfortably Fighting Hate
The office of Idaho Governor Phil Batt stated that, as far as they knew, Human Rights
Task Force Director Bill Wassmuthís sole source of income is based upon his activities
as a leader of the Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment (NWC).
NWC is the umbrella organization for dozens of human rights groups in the area. Human
rights groups must depend upon public and private donations for the administration and
implementation of its human rights-oriented programs and activities. For government
agencies, with which the NWC seems to be closely linked, approximately 80 percent of
the budget goes toward administrating the problem it is charged with solving and 20
percent of the budget is dedicated to actually solving the "problem."
Fortunately for Wassmuth and the Wassmuthians, events such as the Aryan Nationsí
parade which is scheduled to take place in Coeur dí Alene are a boon to their
industry. The parade is an event that can be exploited for pledges, it can be talked
about and promoted to increase the revenue potential the parade represents and, with
the press all abuzz over the silly little parade, the Wassmuthians can continue to
make a comfortable living convincing everybody that north Idahoís brand of hate is
better than anybody elseís brand of hate.
Idahoans: Are you beginning to get a little tired of the world viewing you as racists
because groups of people who call themselves human rights activists keep getting away
with being quoted in the newspaper as telling everybody that you are racists? Well,
what should we do about that?
© 1998 The Idaho Observer