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1. The Ku Klux Klan had a significant impact on the Aryan Nation, based out of Hayden, Idaho. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was established in 1866 and primarily hated and victimized Catholics, Jews, blacks, and immigrants. “The civil rights movement of the 1960s also saw a surge of the Ku Klux Klan activity, including bombings of black schools and churches and violence against black and white activists in the south ( Staff). The KKK started small and grew to roughly 4 million people in the 1920s, Nathan Bedford Forest was their leader. “The organization of the Ku Klux Klan coincided with the beginning of the second phase of post-Civil War Reconstruction ( Staff). The south divided into military district in the hopes of gaining “equal protection” for former slaves. This was the beginning of large hate groups organizations. The Aryan Nation shares similar views as the KKK and is located in northern Idaho. They have been known to perform similar violent acts against similar groups of individuals. With the help of authorities these groups are dying down, but there will always be individuals who have theses strong beliefs. 

2. The Aryan Nation has affected many individuals, specifically a mother and her young son. The two were beaten at the compound located in Hayden, Idaho, and pressed charges. The mother and her son won the battle and were rewarded the property after the Aryan Nation’s leader and “self-proclaimed pastor”[1], Richard Butler, filed bankruptcy.  The compound was full of Nazi flags and fliers with hurtful slogans. Former chairman of the Internet service Prodigy and Idaho native said, “We’re not just going to tear the place down and pretend it never happened and say, ‘there, we’ve cleaned up our image as a state.’”[2] With the help of Mr. Carr, Idaho has raised nearly $1 million to “erect the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise.”[3] The issue of the Aryan Nation will not be easy to solve, but the Idaho officials are determined to increase positive moral in the state and specifically in the cities of Hayden and Coeur d’Alene.

[1] Sam Howe Verhovek, “New Future for Idaho Aryan Nations Compound”

[2] Greg Carr

[3] Sam Howe Verhovek, “New Future for Idaho Aryan Nations Compound”


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