Anti-racism groups, unable to agree on the proper response to Ayran Nations head Richard Butler's planned "skinhead" conference later this month, will stage separate-but-equal counterdemonstrations in Coeur d'Alene.
And a third event is planned in Rathdrum, where one woman says a half dozen 13- and 14-year-olds have adopted the pates and personalities of skinheads.Jeane Robson, a member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations from Rathdrum, said young skinheads there have "paralyzed" the school and threatened a junior high teacher.
In Coeur d'Alene a newly formed group called Citizens for Non-violent Action Against Racism is taking the direct approach. They plan a seven-mile march down the U.S.-95 bike path toward Butler's compound near Garwood.
The controversial Walk for Racial Equality has drawn support from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, but the task force says it will boycott it. Task force members, concerned the march would draw media attention to Butler's group, have a program of meetings, ribbon-tying and church services.
To give task force members an idea of what they could face when Butler's Aryan Youth Conference comes to town, Coeur d'Alene Mayor Ray Stone last week presented a letter he received from a young skinhead in Kansas.
"We are not a hate group, unless you say we hate where our country and our race are going," the letter said. "We will not sit idly by as our country becomes an overcrowded, polluted, olive-colored black African little Asia that is a vast crime-ridden urban sprawl."