Who are They and What are Their Motives?

I am choosing to do my final project on the Aryan Nation, which is closely related to the Klu Klux Klan. The Aryan Nation was based out of Hayden, Idaho; Hayden is roughly ten minutes from my hometown of Coeur d’Alene. This organization was“…formed around Butler’s Church of Jesus Christ Christian, one of the several hundred churches affiliated with “Identity.” a pseudo-theological hate movement.” It has also been said that this group was “Nazi like” and their leader, Richard Butler, praised Adolf Hitler. Butler described Hayden, Idaho as, “international headquarters of the White race.” The Aryan Nation has shed a terrible light on northern Idaho, and sadly this reflects highly on a time our history when individuals of a certain religion, race, or hair color were valued less or more superior than the next. I have grown up seeing protestors shouting hurtful, judgmental, and untrue things about different cultural groups in my community. I am interested in understand the thought process and belief system that members of this group believe. I want to fully understand all they damage that they have done, and I want to understand the similarities and differences from Klu Klux Klan. I think that they way people function is fascinating and I have a hard time coming up with any justification for such hate towards another group of people, especially because the Aryan Nation is from “Butlers Church of Jesus Christ Christian.” I want to understand what was truly happening and why.

 

 

-The quoted information is from: http://www.nizkor.org/hweb/orgs/american/adl/paranoia-as-patriotism/aryan-nations.html

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One thought on “Who are They and What are Their Motives?

  1. Hi Anna. As we discussed, this is a great topic with a lot of local relevance, so good job. Now, you’ll need to think about how you want to approach this a little more. Is this about the Ayran Nations or is this about the legacy of the Aryan Nations in North Idaho after their departure? These are quite different topics, so consider where you want to go with this. Obviously, looking at the legacy since their departure will localize this to North Idaho a little more and maybe give you more options for interview subjects. But you’ll still need to focus this a little more: are you interested in the lingering public perceptions of North Idaho as racist? Or perhaps how the Aryan Nations opened the door for other hate groups and movements in the area? That organization I mentioned is called the Human Rights Education Institute, and it is headquartered in Cd’A. You should also check out the documentary Color of Conscience, which is about the Aryan Nations in Idaho and resistance to their presence. Great start, just start digging now and deciding where you want to go.

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