Spokane trying to shed racist image portrayed by national media

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

SPOKANE -- The national media is painting a poor picture of Spokane.  Some are claiming Monday's bomb was racially motivated and possibly stemmed from the Aryan Nations.  Investigators say they can't ignore the fact that the bomb was within feet of the Martin Luther King, Jr. march route, but they're not directly linking the attack to a racist group.

A decade ago, the Aryan Nations left scars on the community with its white supremacist messages of hate.  Years later, civil rights activists march to move on.

"It does remind us that part of the celebration is on how far we've come.  It reminds how far we have to go," said civil rights leader Bevan Maxey.

Civil rights leaders claim it is unfair the national media is painting a picture of what once was.  Civil rights leaders say Spokane is a positive place with a majority of pleasant people.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will be holding public forums to discuss recent violence, from the bomb threat in Spokane to the shooting in Tucson, Arizona.  Kirkpatrick says that schedule should come out sometime next week.

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