Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a growing town near the Canadian border, is what author Rich Benjamin calls a Whitopia–a place that is overwhelmingly white in the face of increasing national diversity. Maria traveled to Coeur d’Alene and met Pat Boland, a former LAPD officer who moved with his family from Los Angeles in 2001 to the highly homogenous community of Northern Idaho with a troubled history of white supremacy. She also talks with Patricia Gonzalez, a Mexican restaurant manager who experienced firsthand the leftover racist and anti-immigrant attitudes of the town–yet who nonetheless has no desire to leave.
Made in conjunction with Futuro Media Group’s new television series America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, Maria looks at what these Whitopias mean for a country that is less and less white.
America By The Numbers: Our Private Idaho Trailer from The Futuro Media Group on Vimeo.