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Letter: Spokane Is A Racist Town

Spokane is a racist town – Anglocentric, de facto segregated and unrepentant. Upon our moving back from the South in 1974, a family friend and local Realtor responded to an observation that there were few blacks here by saying, “Yep, and that’s why I like it here.” Two of 17 U.S. domestic terrorist events from 1990 to 1996 happened in Spokane, i.e., bombings by the white supremacist Phinneas Brotherhood. Before and since, cross burnings and other racial incidents have occurred. Those in Spokane’s streets and neighborhoods tell of routine disrespect and abuse by local law enforcement, a timeless legacy of this town/David A. Brookbank Jr., Spokane Valley, letter to the editor. More here.

Question: Do you agree with David Brookbank's letter to the editor in today's SR that Spokane is a racist town? North Idaho lives with that rap, but Spokane … ?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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