Second time in 2 years noose found at woman's home

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by KREM.com, Dawn Crawley

KREM.com

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 21 at 5:31 PM

COEUR D'ALENE -- For the second time in two years, a noose was found at the home of the Executive Director of Coeur d'Alene's Human Rights Institute.

Rachel Dolezal says that the Human Rights Institute is constantly targeted by hate groups. Last Tuesday she came home to find a noose hanging from rafters of a storage building behind her home.

Coeur d'Alene Police are investigating the case as a hate crime.

Dolezal was at work, but her 16-year-old brother was at home at the time, along with her 8-year-old son. It was her brother who pointed the noose out to Dolezal when she came home.

"He's familiar with the history but he was mostly upset, kind of angry toward the perpetrators and felt that it was an injustice," said Dolezal.

She works to fight these types of injustices daily through her work at the Human Rights Institute, but now after a second noose has been left at her home, Dolezal has concerns about her safety.

"A lot goes through my head in terms of being a mother and community member just assessing and reassessing what kind of stand I'm taking, and reevaulating what that means in terms of counting the cost," she says.

For now, Dolezal will continue her human rights work despite the hate crime. She believes the key to eradicating hate is through education and plans to continue that in the community.

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