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UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

Union accuses STA official of racist comments on Facebook

The union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said Tuesday it discovered “disturbing, racist comments” made by the agency’s director of human resources.


Shawn Vestal: Modern-day Nazis hide swastikas under sheep’s clothing to sneak into GOP flock

The new crop of Nazis don’t come in uniform. They come in suits and ties, college boys with at least occasional good manners, wearing pocket squares and high-and-tights, spiffed up …


Robert Samuels: How it feels to be called a monkey

The first time I was called a monkey was in high school. I was groggily emerging from a nap in the auditorium during a debate tournament at Bronx Science, when …


Barr blames Ambien for tweet; drug maker replies

The maker of Ambien said Wednesday that “racism is not a known side effect” after Roseanne Barr cited the insomnia drug in explaining the tweet that led ABC to cancel …


Starbucks faces long road in racism fight after massive training

Starbucks shut its roughly 8,000 company-owned stores for the closed-door training, but it let a few reporters interview some senior managers, including Ruffin, after they went through the four-hour session …


Spokane’s first black firefighter dealt with racist harassment for years on the force

Lawrence Goncalves stood inside the large bay doors of the Spokane Fire Department’s Station 1 and looked around. Somehow, even 30 years after his departure, things looked remarkably similar. “Back …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 9:58 a.m.

Former student sues WSU over handling of racist incident in 2015 at Phi Delta Theta fraternity

Dominique Stewart, who is black, says she was humiliated on the night of Feb. 21, 2015, while she was waiting for a friend in front of the Phi Delta Theta …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 1:44 p.m.

Black men arrested at Starbucks settle $1 each and $200K for young entrepreneur program

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city for a symbolic $1 each Wednesday and a promise from officials to set …


UPDATED: Sun., April 29, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

Whole Foods is slammed over Yellow Fever restaurant; owner says it’s not racist

Kelly Kim and her husband wanted the name of their new pan-Asian restaurant to stand out, eschewing bland or stereotypical phrases, like bamboo, dragon and lotus. Then it hit them. …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America’s racism is a white problem

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one …


Syracuse fraternity suspended after racist videos released

Video showing a group of men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts has roiled the campus of Syracuse University, …


Theron’s not leaving the U.S. due to racism but is concerned

Charlize Theron isn’t leaving the United States over racism concerns. But the white South Africa-born actress, who has adopted a black daughter and son, says: “I am constantly concerned about …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Limited Chief Wahoo removal by Cleveland Indians not enough for logo foes

The Cleveland Indians’ decision to remove Chief Wahoo from their uniforms still isn’t enough for protesters who find the logo offensive.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Poll: Young people run from Trump

A majority of young people believe President Donald Trump is racist, dishonest and “mentally unfit” for office, according to a new survey that finds the nation’s youngest potential voters are …


Heineken pulls light beer commercial after racism complaints

Heineken has removed a commercial for its light beer after some complaints that it was racist.


Shawn Vestal: South Hill homeowner files lawsuit to remove racist restrictions in property documents

Alex May, a 34-year-old software developer who grew up in Spokane, moved back to town last fall with his wife and family. They bought a home in the Comstock neighborhood. …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 9:57 p.m.

Sympathy for white Austin bomber stirs debate about race

When a law enforcement official described a cellphone recording left by the Austin serial bomber as “the outcry of a very challenged young man,” the remark caused an outcry of …


Michigan college cancels classes after racist graffiti found

Classes have been canceled for the day at Kettering University in Michigan as authorities investigate racist graffiti found at a residence hall.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Study: U.S. inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Car in Kendall Yards tagged with racist graffiti

A car parked in Kendall Yards was tagged over the weekend with racist graffiti.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 7:28 p.m.

African-American Auburn man fighting for life after unprovoked racist ‘rage’ attack

LaDonna Horne still can’t quite believe an alleged hate crime landed her 26-year-old son in the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center with a traumatic brain injury. It was the …


Idaho soccer coach fights back after receiving racist letter

A Boise youth soccer coach is fighting back after receiving a threatening anonymous letter with racial slurs directed at his players.


Trump defends himself anew against charges that he is racist

President Donald Trump is defending himself anew against accusations that he is racist, this time after recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK’s legacy

The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump’s presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump’s own making.


Trump’s own words revive debate over whether he’s racist

More than 150 years after the abolition of slavery and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, President Donald Trump’s incendiary comments about immigrants have …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Judge blasts lawyers in upholding $15M police shooting award

A federal judge has upheld a $15 million verdict over a Lakewood police shooting in an opinion that blistered the city for suggesting the award was racially motivated.


Shawn Vestal: It’s OK to be white, but bad to be dumb

The up-and-coming generation of white “nationalists” in American colleges are taking the old recipe of racial provocation in a new direction, with the “It’s OK to Be White” campaign.


Hate not welcome here: Locals mobilize after spate of racist incidents

Spurred by a surge in racist messaging around the region, several local activists have launched the Hate is not Welcome Here campaign, an effort aimed at promoting tolerance.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Pumpkin covered in racist slogans discovered in west Spokane

A Spokane man discovered a pumpkin, with a wooden stave driven into it, covered in racist slurs targeting Arabs, Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

‘It’s okay to be white’ posters spark mixed responses

Posters reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” have generated various responses since they were found and removed Monday morning from Glenn Terrell Mall on the Washington State University campus.