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Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


Spokane City Council members, other leaders reportedly targeted by Rep. Matt Shea call for his resignation

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, City Councilman Breean Beggs and Councilwoman Lori Kinnear issued a joint statement Sunday calling on the Spokane Valley lawmaker to resign, after reporting from …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Racial equity proposal sparks more disagreement at Spokane Valley council meeting

For the second time in three weeks, race became the subject of a tense and awkward exchange at a Tuesday night meeting of the Spokane Valley City Council. This time, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Spokane Valley leaders clash over racial equity proposal at Tuesday council meeting

A tense and awkward exchange about race emerged at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday night, exposing a rift about whether the city is welcoming to people of different …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Hundreds of black deaths in 1919 are being remembered

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened.


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

Gonzaga professor calls MAGA hats ‘undeniable symbol of white supremacy’ after student wears one to class

In a recent commentary piece, professor Jeffrey Omari recounted how he felt, as the lone African American in his classroom, when a student showed up one day wearing the ubiquitous …


Spokane Valley mobile home neighbors upset by dog toy depicting black man being lynched

Two women have asked a neighbor in a Spokane Valley mobile home park to remove a toy they believe is racist from the front of his garage. The man said …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Unitarian Universalists, local activists denounce talk of new Spokane County Jail

“Jails have become a way of criminalizing poverty, mental illness and addiction,” said the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. “And, in the absence of investing in …


Airbnb, NAACP partner to get more people of color to become Airbnb hosts

Airbnb launched a program with the NAACP’s Seattle Chapter this week to recruit more people of color to become hosts on the homesharing company’s site.


100 years ago in Spokane: Soldier recently home from World War I to speak at NAACP event; prosecution develops motive in landlady murder case

Lt. Charles S. Parker, one of four black soldiers in Spokane who fought in World War I, returned back home after 10 months in France.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Ferris High School resource officer resigns; Spokane School Board hears public concerns of ‘implicit bias’

Three weeks after an African-American student was pinned by a resource officer at Ferris High School, dozens of citizens contended implicit bias within the district exists.


100 years ago in Spokane: NAACP chapter established; health officer allows dancing again

The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Man shot by police ID’d, draws attention of NAACP

The man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday night in north Spokane has been identified as Dwight Delando Steward, 46, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 2:52 p.m.

NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black …


Shawn Vestal: Former Black Panther turned business consultant says change starts with voting

A lot has changed in the half-century since Elmer Dixon and his brother founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panthers, but the key issues that motivate him remain essentially …


NAACP lifts American Airlines travel advisory that warned of discrimination against black passengers

The NAACP announced Tuesday it is lifting a travel advisory warning black passengers against traveling with American Airlines that was put in place last year following a string of incidents …


Community leaders respond to domestic violence allegations against Spokane activist Phil Tyler

Phillip Tyler, the prominent community activist who once led the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, is facing scrutiny for domestic violence allegations by multiple women that stretch back more than …


Sessions stirs anger with ‘Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement’ comment

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday praised the nation’s sheriffs – then referenced the “Anglo-American heritage” of law enforcement. “I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

MLK rally speakers call out Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ hecklers

While it’s intended to be a celebration and remembrance for the late reverend, Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March quickly turned political when two candidates vying for …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Spokane civil rights leaders say his lessons more relevant than ever

Some Spokane leaders say they can still hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s booming voice playing over and over in their minds. They still remember the joy and reverence he shared …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 8:52 a.m.

Scene quiet before frenzy of big game, planned protests

The scene was relatively quiet Monday morning around the stadium in downtown Atlanta where the College Football Playoff title game was set to be held. A light drizzle fell on …


Recy Taylor, Alabama black woman raped by 6 white men, dies

Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman whose rape by six white men in 1944 drew national attention, has died. She was 97.


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal remains unabashedly Rachel Dolezal

Spokane’s undisputed heavyweight champion of racial appropriation is surfacing with new commercial projects, including a 2018 wall calendar, “Rachel Dolezal – Pictures and Quotes.”


Civil rights group wants St. Louis police investigated

Civil rights advocates asked the new U.S. attorney in St. Louis on Friday to investigate allegations of police misconduct at recent protests that were sparked by the acquittal last month …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

NAACP warns African-Americans against travel on American Airlines

The NAACP is warning African-Americans that if they fly on American Airlines they could be subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 4:26 p.m.

NAACP names new leader for more active future

The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation’s oldest civil rights organization back to prominence.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

In aftermath of Charlottesville violence, local lawmakers, activists express rage and sorrow

The greater part of a continent separates Virginia from the Inland Northwest, but even so, the aftershocks of Charlotteville’s violent clashes could be felt across the region Saturday.


NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The NAACP announced a new interim leader on Saturday, along with a nationwide listening tour that will allow it to talk to local members and figure out what the future …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

NAACP asks for removal of Confederate statue from courthouse

A Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is urging officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general from in front of a county courthouse, echoing similar efforts throughout the South.


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

As groups chafe at pace of criminal justice reform, county administrator points to progress

It’s been a year since Spokane County was awarded a $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce its jail population. And while little has visibly changed since then, Jacqueline van …