Pac Northwest: White supremacist homeland?
If the folks at UO thinks they've got a problem with the Pacifica Forum, maybe they should thank their lucky stars they are not in Grant County.
According to an article in the Blue Mountain Eagle, the Aryan Nations are considering a move to John Day in eastern Oregon. The citizens of John Day are not thrilled and have begun to organize rallies against the proposal, reports The (newly, sadly shrunken-staffed) Oregonian.
Paul R. Mullet (yup, his real name) calling himself the leader of the movement (there is another group, also called Aryan Nations, out of North Carolina that split off from the group headquartered in Idaho) came to John Day from Idaho to look for a place to start a new compound, the Blue Mountain Eagle reports.
Why John Day? Well, according to Mullet, "the group's goal is to create a homeland for white people.
'That area is the Pacific Northwest,' he said. 'The blacks have Africa, the Jews have Israel ...'"
After a lawsuit brought by the the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Idaho Aryan Nations group was essentially rendered defunct in Idaho, but it looks like Mullet has been planning a resurgence for at least a little while.
The residents of John Day would prefer they not resurge in their small town. Just because they want to keep their guns and keep the United Nations out (Grant County passed a measure to that effect in 2002) does not mean they welcome the haters.
And don't worry, they have indeed already established a Keep the Aryan Nations out of Grant County Facebook page.