Bravo to Rocky Barker for acknowledging that even though the vast majority of Idahoans value tolerance and diversity, there still seems to be a forceful minority preaching hate. And although this group is less violent and overt as Richard Butler and his followers, they still exist as a threat to the Idahoan’s core values.
As a recent transplant, friends and family warned me of the appalling history of white supremacist advocacy in the north. However, since my arrival, I have been amazed at the level of support that the Boise community provides to refugees — a support that is unlike any other resettlement city I have seen. If we continue to refuse the possibility of being defined by a vocal minority, it is true that Idaho will always be “too great to hate.”
Alex Kempler, Boise