Biracial Bemidji-area family finds burning cross in yard

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Bemidji-area racists planted a burning cross at the home of a biracial family last Friday.
Around 12:40 a.m. last Friday, a Bemidji-area woman was sitting in her rural Northern Township home when see saw the sky seemingly catch fire.

She ran outside, and there was an 8-foot-tall burning cross propped against a tree.

The woman, who has a black husband and two adult biracial children, saw someone running from the scene and heard a vehicle pulling away. Beltrami County law enforcement is investigating, but no arrests have been made. Sheriff Phil Hodapp said that once the flames were extinguished, it could be seen that the cross was inscribed with racist slogans.

Yesterday, the woman told the Fargo Forum that she "was scared to death," and is baffled anyone could be so filled with hatred that they'd resort to lighting a cross on fire. She asked not to be identified due to concern about her family's safety.

"I never thought something like this would happen," she said, adding that while her family was planning to move anyway, the incident has her anxiously looking forward to moving from her family's rural home to a lot with neighbors nearby.

For more recent coverage of outstate racism, check out:
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Mike W.
Mike W.

Can we at least all agree here that the action perpetrated against this family is so heinous it deserves complete condemnation?  No family should have to be subjected to that type of terroristic (and I use that word deliberately) behaviour.

George
George

Sure, as long as we properly identify the true perps, no matter who they may be

Mike W.
Mike W.

 I have no problem with that and  hopefully no one else would either.

Daniel Nelson
Daniel Nelson

Racism is prevalent everywhere, but leave it a group of people that never experienced it as virulently as the south and you get these morons that are incapable of learning the lessons that history teaches us and will continue to teach us.

Sparky
Sparky

Good (potential) point except that the 'modern' lib-dominated education system eschews the tesching of actual documented history in favor of feel-good nonsense that has no use in the Real World. For the past 30 years kids have been 'promoted' to adulthood woefully ignorant of the world and world history.

Joe
Joe

 No (potential) point made there.

Bianca
Bianca

This is incredibly sad and frustrating. Seriously, what year are we in?!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Yes this is sad.

And unfortunately the government is the largest promoter of segregation anddiscrimination."check the box" for the category in which you belong...It breads class and race warfare.  Government teaches us to view others asdifferent and to view ourselves as different and deserving "special"privilege.  Programs like "affirmative action" essentially teachthe black man he is inferior and thus grants him special hiring privilege. Italso subliminally teaches the white man he is superior and needs to givespecial consideration and privilege to people with different coloredskin.  Programs like the National Negro College Fund are discriminatory toall other races.  Why?  Simply because they exclude. Women get manyadditional privileges that exclude men.  I can go on and on about this.Get rid of the hyphen in your ethnicity designation and that will be the firststep to solving this problem.  Hell, just get rid of the race and genderdesignations altogether.  Why should those things matter except for gender in means ofdesignation of bathrooms???Answer:  to discriminate, exclude, and to award special privilege....

Ken Koense
Ken Koense

 again, whiny status quo...waaaa..i'm white, please don't tread on me, waaaa.......

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

That's what sociopaths do...

Dr. J
Dr. J

Kirk is lying about his race.  Kirk lies about everything so why would he tell the truth about this?    Kirk is the same person that made fun of dead children and lied about it.   Everyone who reads City Page comments knows kirk is a liar.  

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Kirk, I think the comments readership would quickly pony up a couple hundred bucks for the charity of your choice IF you would prove to us that you're not of Caucasian descent.

If you were really black, the GOP leadership would be pushing you to be Mitt Romney's running mate this fall.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

First off, I'M BLACK FOOL...Secondly, what would cause you to say such an insensitive thing to any race for being excluded?Finally the white single male SHOULD complain because there is nothing especially sponsored for him.  Talk about disenfranchisement...

webcelt
webcelt

OK, so people terrorize non-whites because there's a box to check on a form. Got it. Clearly, the makers of forms are the real terrorists.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

 No, the government mandates that box apply to the form.Why?Perhaps checking the race or gender box ensures that one knows their place in society.  If we are all created equal, and we are supposedly provided equal protection under the law, then why should it matter what race or gender you are?

Divide and conquer...

Andy H.
Andy H.

This just in from the "I love the black man" bigots: "it's your fault, not ours".

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

are southern democrats vacationing in northern Minnesota?

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Yes, but they're now known as mainstream Republicans.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

I hate when the comment chain runs out.  Apparently I need to post here otherwise you may never see what I post. 

Yes Mark, I am of caucasian descent as you say.   I'm a mut like our President. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Can you name 3 of them that defected. (Perhaps someone that is not deceased 10+ years)What you cant?Simplistic proof that you're spew lies.Unfortunately those lies get gobbled up by the uneducated (democrats), and for some reason they never ask for proof.

Dr. J
Dr. J

George Bush:  Ran Willie Horton adsGeorge W. Bush:   His campaign made phone calls saying John McCain's adopted daughter was actually black and McCain had her out of wedlock. I believe Fox News contributer Karl Rove was attacking an 8 year old girl at the time.

Please name one thing Obama, Clinton, Kerry, or Dukakis did that was as racist as either one of those actions by Republican canidates for President.   Please explain how George W. Bush attacking John McCain's adopted daughter in South Carolina wasn't appealing to the racist base of the Republican party.   Democrats don't do that sort of thing because they aren't the party that consists of racists and bigots.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Defected? Did East Germany "defect" to the Soviet Union after WWII?

Southern Democrats didn't change one bit, other than their party affiliation. The GOP contorted itself to please the race-baiting south. If you've ever read Pogo, you'd have no trouble identifying Newt Gingrich, Saxby Chambliss, Lindsay Graham, Rick Scott, or the rest of the current and past GOP leadership for what they are: shallow, pandering ideological whores who will say anything to get elected, and who will then give the treasury away to their patrons.

Same as they ever were. This is why so many Republicans are going Ron Paul: at least Paul has the decency to pretend he's not a racist.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

I assume you can prove these were southern democrats, and that they were vacationing then??"are southern democrats vacationing in northern Minnesota"

I went to school with a number of good therapists, you may consider speaking with them about this sociopath condition you display so prominently.

Ken Koense
Ken Koense

Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms and Mills E. Godwind, Jr....oops dead, but i guess that's just like conservatism. can't keep those teaparty-err, racists in line can you??

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

 wait what?Isn't it modern day democrat logic to categorize everybody into a specific class system?  Ya know "check the box"?

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Kirk, you're right about the government sponsorship of racism/classism division, but what about the left/right political spectrum division they would also have us buy into?

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Southern Democrats are Republicans now.

Southern Democrats largely stayed as conservative as they had always been, with some even breaking off to form farther right-wing splinters like the Dixiecrats. After the Civil Rights Movement successfully challenged the Jim Crow laws and other forms of institutionalized racism, and after the Democrats as a whole came to symbolize the mainstream left of the United States, the form, if not the content, of Southern Democratic politics began to change. At that point, most Southern Democrats defected to the Republican Party, and helped accelerate the latter's transformation into a more conservative organization.

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