Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Local Vigilantes Harass April Gaede And Prussian Blue At Their Kalispell, MT Home
A small brigade of people went door-to-door in a south Kalispell neighborhood on Thursday August 31st, telling others about a family of avowed racists who have moved in. Their concern is the Gaede family; April Gaede, stepfather Mark Harrington, and the two twin 13-year old daughters Lamb and Lynx Gaede. The twins perform music under the name of Prussian Blue (pictured at left, courtesy of National Vanguard), and have been featured on national TV news programs such as ABC’s “Primetime” for what that program called “a message of hate.” More information on Prussian Blue is available on their website. Complete story from the Kalispell, MT newspaper The Daily Inter Lake.
The Gaede family moved to Kalispell from Bakersfield, Calif., which April Gaede said on ABC Primetime is “not white enough.” County records show that Harrington filed a deed on the house in February. Neighbors say they moved in a few weeks ago.
Neighbor Bill Matteer said he only recently met his new neighbor, April Gaede. “She started to talk politics immediately", he said. Later, he saw a rerun of the “Primetime” show on the girls and realized, “That’s the lady!” He and other neighbors researched the family and were troubled by what they found.
On Thursday night, they took action in a peaceful way. Matteer's wife, Rebecca Kushner-Matteer said, “The last thing we need to do is to get aggressive and hateful". So they printed flyers about the family and knocked on doors to distribute them.
“This letter is not written as a means to harass the family or to begin a witch hunt,” according to the flyers. “We wish the family no harm. Our goal is to peacefully communicate that this kind of hate and ignorance will not be accepted here in our neighborhood where we live and raise our families.”
“No hate here” is printed on one side of the brightly colored flyers. The eight or so adults and as many children who went door-to-door Thursday asked residents to display the sign in their windows. Regrettably, many did so without even taking the time to find out for themselves what the Gaedes are really up to. The thought of any one of them going so far as to invite the Gaedes over for coffee and asking them about their beliefs straight out as one adult to another is simply too scary for them to consider.
To their credit, though, the group of self-appointed vigilantes at least walked to the Gaedes’ house to tell them what they were doing. However, no one answered the door.
Robert Matteer claims that the neighbors don’t have any problem with them being here, but merely don't want them speaking "hate". Neighbors in a home close to the Gaedes’ also claimed they have had no problems with the family. Furthermore, Kalispell police Chief Frank Garner said that while several people have called to inquire about the family, they registered no complaints.
However, the Gaede family called police Thursday night to say they were being harassed by the neighbors’ efforts to post flyers. An officer counseled the family about freedom of speech and civil liberties. The report says April Gaede expressed concern for her children in the public school. She said she will go to a neighborhood meeting so people will know she wants to live quietly and get along with everyone.
Bakersfield police said they wouldn’t be able to release information about whether conflicts related to the Gaedes occurred there.
No one answered the doorbell when a reporter visited the Gaedes' house Friday afternoon in Kalispell. The curtains in the home had been drawn.
Reporter Chery Sabol may be reached at 758-4441 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
There actually may be more to this story than meets the eye. On his White Nation Blog, Warren Erulian reveals that Rebecca Kushner-Matteer is actually the advertising manager for the Daily Inter Lake. Now the sequence of events makes more sense - Bill Matteer first made contact with April Gaede, and then he and his wife organized a harassment campaign against April's daughters, the band Prussian Blue. Utilizing Rebecca Kushner-Matteer's connections, the Daily Interlake ran a story reproducing the slander against the family and attempting to incite the community against them.
Analysis: Rebecca Kushner-Matteer claims not to wish the family "harm", but how else do you define printing up defamatory flyers and distributing them door-to-door. Did she consider what she's exposing the Gaedes and her neighbors to? With national publicity, "anti-racist" terrorists may attempt to target the Gaede's residence and, by extension, disrupt the solitude and quality of life of the neighborhood. It wasn't that long ago that a loser by the name of Jaime Vasquez showed up at white nationalist radio host Hal Turner's doorstep uninvited and unprovoked. Vasquez attempted to start a fight, and Turner defended himself successfully, injuring Vazquez in the process. At the subsequent trial, Hal Turner was exonerated.
And what does Robert Mateer mean by "speaking hate"? He scrupulously avoids revealing his definition of hate, so he can blindside the Gaedes with his unpublicized standards any time he wants. If they have problems in their neighborhood, it won't be because the Gaede family moved in, but because these local vigilantes decided to make a public issue of it without having the courage to "give April Gaede her day in court", so to speak.
I wonder if these people would be distributing flyers door-to-door if O.J. Simpson moved into their neighborhood. Nah, the guys would be all lined up at O.J.'s door asking for his autograph. LOL!
Tags: politics , racism , Prussian Blue , brrreeeport , April Gaede , entertainment