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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Charlottesville didn’t spring from nowhere

How many Hillary Clinton voters do you really think were out there rallying for racism? Indeed, whose name did those bigots chant?


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:28 p.m.

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of Idaho Freedom Foundation annual banquet

A major Boise convention center and hotel canceled the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s upcoming banquet – forcing a change of venue just 11 days before the event – because it learned …


Nation can only weep at Trump’s response

We don’t find it difficult to distinguish between a monument to George Washington, say, and statues to Confederate generals that were erected in the 20th century with the goal of …


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.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

Ivy League schools brace for scrutiny of race in admissions

A Justice Department inquiry into how race influences admissions at Harvard University has left selective colleges bracing for new scrutiny of practices that have helped boost diversity levels to new …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 9:37 a.m.

Controversial appointment clouds U.S. Senate race in Alabama

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange got his appointment to Congress earlier this year from a governor who later resigned under the cloud of an ethics scandal.


Black women picking up firearms for self-defense

It’s hard to find definitive statistics on gun ownership, but a study by the Pew Research Center released this month indicated that just 16 percent of “non-white women” identified themselves …


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 …


Alton Sterling’s family sues over black man’s shooting by police

The children of a black man killed by a white police officer in Louisiana’s capital sued the city on Tuesday, claiming the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and …


Pitts Jr.: High bar for death to be believed

“Why,” she asked, “must black death be broadcast and consumed to be believed, and what is it beyond spectacle if it cannot be used to obtain justice?”


UPDATED: Sat., June 24, 2017, 6:35 p.m.

Lawyer: Race a factor in St. Louis cop being mistakenly shot

An off-duty black St. Louis police officer’s race factored into him being mistakenly shot by a white officer who didn’t recognize him during a shootout with black suspects this week, …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Seattle police shooting may show limits of crisis training

Sunday’s fatal shooting of a pregnant mother, who police say was armed with two knives, illustrates the potential limits of crisis intervention training.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 6:43 a.m.

Spokane police chief, in wake of Seattle shooting, says outreach to minorities is ‘nonstop effort’

The fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in the vicinity of her children by Seattle police on Sunday, along with last week’s acquittal of a Minnesota police officer who shot …


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

March for Racial Justice seeks to tie shooting acquittal to broader issues of race

The March for Racial Justice wound through the streets of East Central Spokane Saturday afternoon. Its organizers said it’s only the first action in a new push to tackle disparities …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

March for Racial Justice hopes to spur talk of racial disparities in Spokane

A coalition of historically black churches and community groups will march in Spokane Saturday to demand racial equity in Spokane’s criminal justice system.


UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

Joshua J. Whitfield: Maher misread reality of racism

We just don’t know the full story, and so we fool ourselves into thinking we’ve moved beyond racism when we haven’t.


Journal criticized for not consulting black scholars on race

A leading journal of political philosophy took up the Black Lives Matter movement in its June issue without a single contribution from a black academic, triggering an outcry from African-American …


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Kurtis Robinson, ex-con who found a higher path, to lead Spokane NAACP

Kurtis Robinson, who formerly chaired the criminal justice committee for the NAACP, will succeed Phil Tyler as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.


Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country

Nooses have appeared recently around the nation’s capital – including the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum – in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

Threat closes Evergreen State College after protests over race

Evergreen State College closed abruptly Thursday in response to a threat following a recent series of protests that have drawn national attention to student allegations of racism on the progressive …


Montana U.S. House race sparks record campaign spending

Campaign spending ahead of Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s only U.S. House seat continued to surge deep into record territory, with at least $17 million flowing into the race …


1 in 6 newlyweds’ spouse is of different race or ethnicity

More and more Americans are marrying people of different races and ethnicities, reaching at least 1 in 6 newlyweds in 2015, the highest proportion in American history, a new study …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:29 p.m.

Black and other minorities still stopped more often by Spokane police

Spokane police continue to disproportionately stop black, Native American and Middle Eastern and Pacific Islander residents, according to a new study from Eastern Washington University.


Cuts put spotlight on student race questions on Los Angeles school forms

Across the country, school districts have long grappled with desegregation and pursued a range of policies including changing boundaries, opening magnet schools and focusing resources on campuses with nonwhite students.


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 8:22 p.m.

Running for a shirt – this year’s teal Bloomsday finisher tee is popular

Volunteers cracked open boxes of Bloomsday T-shirts Sunday morning, revealing the most closely guarded secret in Spokane at the same moment runners were crossing the start line.


In nearly half a century, early Bloomsday organizer Sylvia Quinn has never missed a race

Nearly half a century after organizing Bloomsday, Sylvia Quinn has yet to miss a race.


Study: School system more likely to hire whites than blacks

Virginia’s largest school system is far more likely to hire a white teacher applicant than an African-American, according to a study by professors at George Mason University.


UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Locker room assault sparks effort to heal Idaho communities

Community leaders in Idaho are collecting stories of violence and discrimination in the wake of a sexual assault of a disabled black athlete by his white teammates that shocked not …


Fresno killings suspect has 2-decade history of violence

The suspect in this week’s racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as he was ushered into a cramped courtroom …


Asian American media group condemns Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy

This weekend’s arrival of “Ghost in the Shell,” the live-action adaptation of the landmark Japanese anime film, is being met with criticism from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, …