Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 27, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    Stay away from Spokane, it’s a horrible place to live.

    Wink, wink

    Actually the biggest threat to this awesome city is the lefties moving here from California, Seattle and Portland. Funny thing is they still support the exact same thing they left. I don’t get it? Stay in Cali please.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 27, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    Sounds a lot like what was going on with a FEW former FBI/Justice Department employees.

  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    May 27, 2019 12:43 a.m.

    Was Maxine Waters reprimanded for her hate speech towards republicans?

  • mrjj69 Bountiful, UT
    May 27, 2019 12:37 a.m.

    " internet chats from 2017 show Shea and three other men discussing confronting "leftists" with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation. The messages prompted Washington House Democrats to demand that Shea be reprimanded for a history of far-right speech and activities."

    This statement says it all. Democrats want to tell the rest of us how to live, but want anyone with far-right views reprimanded.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    May 26, 2019 3:10 p.m.

    JaneB - Wilsonville, OR
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    Not sure we should worry more about the Pacific Northwest than any other area. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a 2018 hate map you can look up. The Pacific Northwest is not a hotbed. They seem to be more prevalent in the south. The only state without a hate group is NM. Some numbers: CA 83, WA 28, OR 15, ID 10 TX 73, NY 47 FL 75, UT 9, NC 40, VA 39. Far less in the west than anywhere else.
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    In terms of numbers of population, Utah with a population of approx. 3M, has 9 listed hate groups, that's about 1 group per 333K residents of the state. Washington with 7.5M and 28 groups, gives 1 group per 260K residents, and California with 40M has 83 groups yielding about 1 group per 500K residents.

    And Idaho, with a population of 1.7M yields 1 group per 170K residents.

    Compare those two Northwest stats with, Alabama, recently in the news about their stringent protection of the fetus, where there are 23 listed hate groups with a population of 4.8M yielding 1 group per 208K residents. Suggesting that Idaho, Washington, and Alabama are more similar than different, at least in distribution of such groups.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    May 26, 2019 7:39 a.m.

    A feature, not a bug, of so-called 'conservatives' in America's Trump moment.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 26, 2019 5:10 a.m.

    No thinking Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, supports or condones hate.

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly Alpine, UT
    May 25, 2019 6:06 p.m.

    The southern poverty law center is itself a hate organization and should not be given any public forum for its twisted propaganda.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    May 25, 2019 6:03 p.m.

    Not sure we should worry more about the Pacific Northwest than any other area. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a 2018 hate map you can look up. The Pacific Northwest is not a hotbed. They seem to be more prevalent in the south. The only state without a hate group is NM. Some numbers: CA 83, WA 28, OR 15, ID 10 TX 73, NY 47 FL 75, UT 9, NC 40, VA 39. Far less in the west than anywhere else.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    May 25, 2019 5:30 p.m.

    David - I appreciate your prospective that aligns with "Not in my Town!" but to say that the problems of hate exist on both sides of the political spectrum is disingenuous, ignoring the real problem. And to suggest that the "left" supports Hammas and the destruction of Israel and anything Christian is just wrong.

    The problem isn't with the "Right" it is with a small group of racists within the Republican party that for some reason haven't been completely denounced and kicked out.

    Also, remember this group doesn't just target skin color, but if you have the wrong license plate in the wrong rural area you can find trouble. It isn't that much different than the gang issue in urban areas, but I don't know of any viable political party in the US that won't sanction (or kick out) a gang in their ranks.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 25, 2019 3:05 p.m.

    Well when the White House supports them, why not?

  • David Centerville, UT
    May 25, 2019 3:00 p.m.

    I have no sympathy or feel any amount of support for racism, violence, hatred or hate speech. However, I do not assign one political side or the other as the source of these things. Right leaning groups do not dominate hate. It comes from both extreme sides of the political spectrum. Otherwise, the Left would reject Hamas and the Palestianian Authority in their efforts to destroy Israel and Jews. The Left would speak out against persecution, violence, hate speech and vandalism towards Christians and other faith groups.

    Hate is too prevalent across the political spectrum.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    May 25, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    "He has served in the state House since 2008, introducing bills to criminalize abortion and roll back gun laws and pushing for eastern Washington to secede from the rest of the state. The military veteran attracted international attention in 2018 after a document he wrote laid out a "biblical basis for war" against people who practiced same-sex marriage and abortion, and instructed: 'If they do not yield, kill all males.'"

    To paraphrase Capt. Caul (Lonesome Dove): Heckuva vision.

  • Ophelia Bountiful, UT
    May 25, 2019 12:17 p.m.

    These incidences of hate and prejudice are appalling. And yes, there is a convincing evidence to show it is especially severe with politically right leaning groups. Instead of making excuses for hatred, bigotry, and discrimination, I hope courageous Republicans will continue to step forward and proclaim,"Enough!"