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A Gonzaga institute that was the first to study hate 20 years ago held an international conference in October 2017 to have a frank discussion about hate speech.

Idaho’s only black legislator, Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb: ‘I’m a zealot for equity’

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 11:35 a.m.

Cherie Buckner-Webb isn’t just Idaho’s only African-American state legislator – she’s the first and only. When she goes to events in other states, “I say I live in Boise, Idaho, and I don’t know who’s more alarmed – black folks or white folks,” she said with a laugh. “It doesn’t bother me, but it’s my goal to change it.”

A Montana rabbi met hate in Whitefish and found community support

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

In December 2016, the national spotlight fell on a Whitefish resident and influential racist named Richard Spencer. The town became the target of an anti-Semitic “troll storm” in which the Rostons and their neighbors received threats and had their home addresses shared online. At the time, there were only three Jewish families in the resort town of 7,000 people.

Shawn Vestal: Angela Davis remains an important voice in America’s struggle with racism

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

She grew up amid the church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, of the 1960s – and went on to study at the Sorbonne. She was fired by the University of California system – then became a distinguished professor emerita at UC-Santa Cruz. She was an outspoken communist and radical opponent of racism who spent months on the FBI’s Most Wanted List (for charges of which she was ultimately acquitted).

At GU, collaborative ‘game show’ pushes political antagonism to the sidelines

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Red or blue. Donkey or elephant. Liberal or conservative. For Dan Garrity and his broadcast journalism students, politics is looking awfully binary these days. Like two sports teams pitted against each other, the TV news reporter turned Gonzaga professor said the United States is as divided as he can remember – with lines drawn, and little effort to empathize with ideas on the other side.