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Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 12:00 am

Thanks to your trustee Regan, racism is once again, alive and well in Cd’A, Idaho. In front of 100 people and legislators he made a comment about gun control and said that people could not figure out what an assault weapon was, and “its black and looks scary.” To which his wife replied, “Well, so is Obama”

When confronted with the prejudiced nature of these comments, Regan digs his hole even deeper and says “it was a humorous anecdote.” To those who are discriminated against because of color, they don’t consider such incidents humorous. He went on to say, that it never occurred to him that the comments could be construed as racist. A third-grader could figure out the racist nature of this comment.

I was here and witnessed the damage, including economic, that this community suffered at the hands of Richard Butler. Racial minorities were intimidated by him. Whenever I traveled, I was confronted with the white racist label that North Idaho received. The reality is that many people in this community still discriminate because of race. I have friends of other races that have given me examples. If our school district is not aware of this prejudice, they are blind.

I had the privilege of speaking to 20 children at the KROC recently. I explained that we must treat all people equally. They did not understand this, because they already treat all races equally.

Prejudice and racism is a taught and learned behavior.

Our school district has a duty to teach children respect for all races. They also have a duty to teach respect for our President, where Regan and his racist wife, obviously have none. Regan sets an unacceptable racist viewpoint, and the children get to talk and read about this.

He then has the audacity to say that he never understood the racial nature of his comments, until he spoke with someone from another race than his own. He is in a leadership position and this is what our 10,000 students get to observe.

I am requesting an investigation by the NAACP in Spokane of this incident. I do this because having lived here for years, I know that some things get quietly pushed under the rug for political reasons. Our local Human Rights group adopted a patsy approach, and failed to request his resignation. To leave Regan in, the district is endorsing his disgusting public racist behavior.

I want our school levies to pass. Our school district needs to conduct damage control here, and they need to demand his immediate resignation.

STEVE BELL

Coeur d’Alene

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10 comments:

  • parent posted at 7:44 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347

    The garbage that was allowed by our community leaders during SB election time was something nasty and dirty and did they apologize????? Mike, Christa, Dave and the gang. Did it get resolved???? Did ANYONE see a problem with it?????? I have no patience for this double standard.

    Regan apologized, let's all be adults and accept it and let it go. Casting stones could get dangerous. Just saying. : )

     
  • DaisyMay posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    DaisyMay Posts: 113

    Get over it and move on - you are making it worse and more divisive than Brent is because you are living in the past!

     
  • COG777 posted at 2:37 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    COG777 Posts: 338

    I have heard far worse lawyer jokes. Not all but a great deal of attorneys lack integrity, honesty, and just plain decency., Mr. Bell maybe we should look at you to see what type of attorney you are. Your letter speaks volumes about your character or lack of it.

     
  • milburnschmidt posted at 5:08 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    milburnschmidt Posts: 1161

    Thank goodness we have people like Steve Bell to give us a laugh once in awhile. You never see the Ayatollahs of political correctness condem one of their own when they say rude or obviously outrageous comments about their opposition. Recently on MSNBC the biased group of leftwing pundits convened to discuss the supposed discourse and rude comments they hear from the opposition and condemed them while a hispanic left wing commentator female referred to the republicans as old white crackers., Their obvious contempt for anyone disagreeing with them only lessens what little credibility some of them have,. Mr Bell is again a one trick pony whpo convienently never comments on his sides outrageous statements. Ho Hum Steve back to Bill Maher and cris Matthews for some insightful polite views.

     
  • Keven Johnson posted at 2:27 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1276

    Mr. Bell, it's time to drop this ridiculous attack already. Mr. Regan's remark was not racist - - the president IS black; that is a fact. And to many of us, he is scary because of his ideology and the direction he wants to take our country. As noted in Tom Wilkinson's excellent 'my turn' column a few days ago, Mr. Regan did not say Obama is scary BECAUSE he is black.

    Even though it was not necessary, Mr. Regan DID apologize, and the lady that spoke to him on the phone and caused him to reassess his remark has accepted the apology as sincere.

    Brent Regan SHOULD NOT resign, and I look forward for voting for him if he chooses to run for reelection to the school board.

     
  • Born in Bonners posted at 1:38 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    Born in Bonners Posts: 69

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your thoughtful letter. I think many feel the same way you do. It was pretty darn offensive to me what Regan said but of course if you say that out loud in these parts you're a far left winger. Isn't it something how the Republican's just go insane if you say anything about theirs and what they stand for but if we stick up for ourselves we're 'labeled.' One thing to look forward is that someday (hopefully in our life time) The GOP party will be ancient dinosaurs and go the way of the Dodo bird because they are so incredibly out of touch with reality. They lost pretty good the last time around. I read in the paper the 'Citadel' is coming to St. Maries, maybe they can all go live there. Haha~

     
  • cougar posted at 12:14 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    cougar Posts: 230

    Mr. Bell, do you have a degree in law?

    You stated ''They also have a duty to teach respect for our President, where Regan and his racist wife, obviously have none. Regan sets an unacceptable racist viewpoint, and the children get to talk and read about this.''
    It's obvious that you are on the threshold of a slander suit. Please explain where anyone reading or responding to this story can find a statement by Mrs. or Mr. Regan naming ''President Barack Obama''
    as the subject matter?
    Your statement that the Regans were making reference to the President of the U.S. is just speculation and if you are as you state an attorney, you know how far speculation will get you in a courtroom.
    The name'' Obama'' could have the possibilities of referring to a multitude of things or subject matters.
    Example: Is the name Obama the first name, middle name, last name, or simple referring to a past or present pet that was black and a scary disposition?
    Your pursuit of proving racism has no substance here and you will have a tough sell to any court of law.
    Good Luck

     
  • parent posted at 10:44 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    parent Posts: 347


    Oh Steve, you are friends with Christy, Christa, Mike and Dave right? Nice friends. These are the same people who unprofessionally and unethically falsely labeled the people running for school board. Did you do anything about them being slandered?

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 7:46 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    Steve,

    Visit the Spokesman Review Huckleberries DFO blog and see yesterday's cartoon showing President Obama holding a rifle pointing in his mouth.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:22 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    And thanks to (cough cough) lawyers like you we have proof of ambulance chasers.

     
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