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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Gonzaga Prep reckoning with photo of students in KKK robes in 1968 yearbook

Gonzaga Prep administrators are reckoning with the discovery of a photo in the school’s 1968 yearbook that shows at least three students dressed as Ku Klux Klan members during an …


Virginia’s governor pledges to work toward racial healing

Virginia’s governor pledged to work at healing the state’s racial divide Saturday, even as calls mounted for the lieutenant governor to resign – capping an astonishing week that saw all …


Eric Zorn: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s sin looks more like obliviousness than racism

I’m inclined to chalk up Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface decision to obliviousness rather than racism, particularly in light of his public record on race in the intervening 35 years.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Racist robocaller now living in Montana, but harassment in Sandpoint continues

Scott D. Rhodes, the neo-Nazi who plagued several parts of the country last year with hate-filled robocalls from his home in Sandpoint, is now living in Libby, Montana. But some …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Virginia’s Gov. Northam says that wasn’t him in racist photo

Resisting widespread calls for his resignation, Virginia’s embattled governor on Saturday pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 …


‘Empire’ actor says account of attack has been consistent

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Friday that he has been “consistent on every level” with the police during their investigation into what he says was a racist and homophobic attack …


Virginia governor apologizes for racist photo; not resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to …


Steve King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke

Constituents applauded Republican Rep. Steve King on Saturday at the Iowa congressman’s first public event since being rebuked by his House colleagues over racist comments he had made to a …


White supremacist pleads guilty to killing black man with sword in New York

A white supremacist from Baltimore on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a black man in New York with a sword – a crime that officials say was the first …


Ex-University of Oklahoma students apologize for racist video

University of Oklahoma students demanded more from their campus administrators Tuesday, hours after the school released public apologies from two former students who were involved in a video in which …


How to respond to racist robocalls from North Idaho: Accordion-playing clowns, says Virginia man

Justin Beights has sought a permit to stage a whimsical, extremely annoying demonstration outside the Sandpoint-area home rented by Scott D. Rhodes – a man who appears to be responsible …


Blocking robocalls – even racist ones – is a giant, complicated challenge, experts say

Billions of robocalls are sent each month, but a tiny fraction of them have attracted extra scrutiny. In recent months, an estimated 10,000 robocalls in at least five states have …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Battling hate, one conversation at a time

GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Nike store in downtown Spokane draws politically driven customers after Kaepernick ad campaign unveiled

Todd Eklof, the reverend of the Unitarian Universalist Chruch of Spokane, had heard the story of Nike’s ad featuring Colin Kaepernick on the radio and he thought it was courageous.


Racism quickly becomes an issue in Florida governor’s race

Racism immediately became an issue in the Florida governor’s race Wednesday as both nominees made predictions: The Democrat said voters aren’t looking for a misogynist, racist or bigot, while the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

In book, Omarosa says Trump is a bigot, behaved ‘like a dog’

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving “like …


In robocalls featuring ‘Friends’ theme song, California neo-Nazi Patrick Little says he’s coming to Sandpoint

A California man who has called the Holocaust “a lie” and claims Jews conspired to stop him from winning a U.S. Senate race says he plans to establish a “regional …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene School District superintendent apologizes for late action on racist vandalism

The superintendent of Coeur d’Alene Public Schools issued a strongly-worded apology Thursday for the district’s handling of racist vandalism at Lake City High School.


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 …