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