by Travis Mateer
The Montana Human Rights Network has a new incident to exploit up in Kalispell. Apparently a window in a bookstore was broken and because it was the window displaying a pride flag, then it MUST BE A HATE CRIME!
When I see the Montana Human Rights Network take up an issue like this on Twitter, I like to remind them that I’ve been trying to get them to listen to my interview with Sean Stevenson’s sisters for months now. When I commented on their tweet, I got this response:
So, the response I got is that no one at MHRN has gotten information about this “situation”. Since it’s entirely possible that I’m the one confused here, I checked to make sure that Travis McAdam is connected to MHRN, since he’s the one I most recently sent the interview link to, and sure enough, McAdam is the “Director of Combating White Nationalism and Defending Democracy at Montana Human Rights Network”.
Having confirmed that Travis McAdam is indeed a staff member at MHRN, I will now share a screenshot of a portion of my email exchange with him. This email exchange happened all the way back in early May:
It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that non-profit organizations like the Montana Human Rights Network are actually political organizations LARPing as non-profits. If this organization actually cared about the life of a black man cut short in Missoula, then it wouldn’t be so damn difficult for me to get their staff to spend 90 fucking minutes to listen to an interview with Sean’s sisters describing what the previous year of searching for answers has been like for their family.
It only took a few days after a window was smashed (and a hunch from the proprietor that it was hate-related) for the Montana Human Rights Network to spring into action.
In contrast, it’s been OVER A YEAR AND A HALF since Sean Stevenson was assaulted at the Poverello Center, taken to St. Pats hospital, then removed from life support two days later WITHOUT HIS FAMILY EVER BEING NOTIFIED!
If Sean Stevenson had been killed in a conservative community, instead of a liberal one like Missoula, would the Montana Human Rights Network actually give a shit about his life?
I don’t want the answer to that question to be yes, but it sure looks like the MHRN is more interested in playing politics (to benefit one party over another) than they are in helping Sean’s family find the truth about what actually happened to their loved one.
Prove me wrong, MHRN, and LISTEN TO THE DAMN INTERVIEW!