The great majority of people in John Day, Canyon City and the rest of Grant County have news for the white supremacist group Aryan Nations and anyone else who isn't familiar with them or their values: Rural doesn't mean racist.

The white supremacists who wandered into John Day from northern Idaho last week looking at downtown properties for a national headquarters for their hate group apparently expected to find like-minded racists in the remote eastern Oregon county. Instead, they discovered that Grant County is as repulsed by them as everyone else.

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