Idaho’s only black lawmaker says receiving a direct mailing from a national Ku Klux Klan organization has bolstered her resolve to fight prejudice.
Boise Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb says childhood memories of a cross burning on her lawn were rekindled last week when she opened a hand-addressed application to join the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The letter solicited a photo, $35 in annual dues, and asked for a completed statement proclaiming: “I am a White Christian man or woman.”
Buckner-Webb believes she was specifically targeted by the group. She says she was more surprised than disturbed and will continue battling intolerance in Idaho.
Buckner-Webb served one term in the Idaho House before announcing her candidacy for the District 19 Senate seat. (AP)