You are here: home   Issues   Behind the gate   Idaho isn't hate-free yet

Idaho isn't hate-free yet

Document Actions
Dear HCN,

I just finished reading Rocky Barker's swell piece on the transformation of Idaho into a hate-free zone (HCN, 9/30/02: Idaho seeks a reputation - and a reality - free of hate). Before any comments ... time for a pop quiz:

Two months ago I was thrown out of a motel (the only one in town) because, and I quote, "We don't want your kind around here."

I am (choose one):

A) Black.

B) Jewish.

C) Iraqi.

D) A Black, Jewish Iraqi.

E) An environmentalist.

Ah, you are so perceptive; a card-carrying "E", that's me. Some of those cards I carry read:

A) The Nature Conservancy.

B) The Sierra Club.

C) The National Audubon Society.

Alas, I also am an unabashed (better make that "bashed") supporter of Earth First!, initially in the Redwood wars of California and for the past ten years with the successful Cove/Mallard campaign in scenic downtown central Idaho.

To add to my stigma, I am a transplanted New Yorker, born in scenic downtown Brooklyn (just like your beloved and amiable Ed Marston).

For the record, the owner of the motel had boasted to me the previous day (before she recognized my stripes) that she was, and again I quote, "of Christ."

Now, class, what conclusions can we draw from all this? I find myself at a loss for words (me?). But I do get these increasingly frequent urges to get into a wolf disguise and chain myself to the door of a church.

Robert (Uncle Ramon) Amon

Dixie, Idaho

Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. The privatization of public campground management | All the info you need to decide whether you love o...
  3. Efficiency lessons from Germany |
  4. California gears up to fine water wasters: Should we turn our neighbors in? |
  5. The Latest: Interior commits to restoring bison on select lands | The “odd ungulate out” gets a tentative win.
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone