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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, …


America’s prison population is getting whiter

In a new report, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton document that non-Hispanic whites who have a high school education or less have experienced reduced life expectancy and increased rates …


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017

Rachel Dolezal struggles after racial identity scandal

A white civil rights leader, fired because she led others to believe she was black, said she struggles to make a living these days because she was portrayed as a …


Daniel Kaluuya responds to Samuel Jackson’s casting critique

Jackson said an “American brother” would have benefited “Get Out,” a thriller about race and an interracial couple. Kaluuya expressed admiration for Jackson but disagreed with his stance


People see black men as larger and stronger than white men – even when they’re not, study says

Even if white and black men are the same heights and weights, people tend to perceive black men as taller, more muscular and heavier. So said a psychological survey, published …


Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack …


Test meant to screen teachers instead weeded out minorities

New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers, in part because an outsized percentage …


Supreme Court rules race bias among jurors may require a new trial

The Supreme Court took a strong new stand against racial bias in jury rooms, ruling for the first time that reports of racist comments by jurors may require setting aside …


UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017

Fan-friendly event kicks off Iditarod race across Alaska

The sound of howling dogs filled downtown Anchorage on Saturday as mushers from around the world gathered for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.


Trump visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture

President Donald Trump paid a visit Tuesday to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, in a nod to a constituency that voted overwhelmingly for his Democratic …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

Trump denounces ‘horrible’ threats against Jewish centers

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible” and “painful.” He said they are a “very sad reminder of the work that still must …


Speaker at WSU discusses race and activism

The Foley Speaker’s Room at Washington State University was crowded to excess Thursday, as students, faculty and community members gathered to hear community organizer and activist Charlene Carruthers discuss the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

Obama praised for poise, resolve by members of Spokane’s black community

President Barack Obama entered office eight years ago with the hopes of many black Americans that life would improve. Spokane residents say the president set an example that will be …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Mr. President, you did us proud

To be a first black anything significant has often been a thankless task. Jackie Robinson learned this when he crashed Major League Baseball in 1947. Your experience proves that it …


Dana Milbank: Sessions’ remarks sliver of hope

For those who fear that Donald Trump will run roughshod across the federal government, the nominee’s testimony offered a slim hope that he will provide at least some brake on …


Phil Tyler has helped build up Spokane NAACP after low point

Phil Tyler, the Spokane NAACP president, is finding ways to collaborate and find solutions to help people of color as racial tensions flare across the country.


Depictions of race get real, complicated on ‘Star,’ ‘This Is Us’

In the 1980s, the template for depictions of race on TV was largely black and white, as it is in “Hairspray.” But in “Star,” the new musical drama from Lee …


Arkansas school board member called on to resign over blackface photo

The Arkansas NAACP and several residents are calling for the resignation of a school board member in eastern Arkansas after photos surfaced of him at a Halloween party in blackface …


UK leader introduces official definition of anti-Semitism

British Prime Minister Theresa May introduced an official definition for anti-Semitism on Monday in hopes of curbing attacks against Jewish people.


Mall of America welcomes its first black Santa

Dozens of Santas cycle through Twin Cities shopping centers each year, spreading joy to children who entrust them with their holiday wish lists. What has been missing from that experience, …


How to talk about race and politics at Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving upon us, the inevitable dinner discussion about politics, race, Donald Trump, race, what’s wrong with America – and race – are bound to bring some uncomfortable drama to …


Germany bans Islamic organization, police search 190 sites

The German government announced Tuesday it had banned an Islamic group, “The true religion,” which is suspected of targeting teenagers to radicalize to fight in Syria and Iraq. At the …


Study finds racial discrimination by Uber, Lyft drivers

Drivers for Uber Technologies in Boston canceled rides for men with black-sounding names more than twice as often as for other men. Black people in Seattle using Uber and Lyft …


Seattle teachers wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts to school

Teachers, students and parents across Seattle public schools are wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts Wednesday to promote racial equity in schools.


Panel on race and policing at WSU: ‘There is a cost to change’

Two academics, a former jailer from Spokane and a current police captain from Tacoma led a spirited talk in Pullman on Tuesday about the perceptions of how the public wants …


Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s drawbacks disappear down the memory hole

Where are they now – the birtherism, the deportation force, the scorn for teleprompters, the mocking of candidates who take outside money? Down the memory hole.


Dana Milbank: Deplorables? Look at the numbers

Evidence indicates fear that white people are losing ground was the single greatest predictor of support for Trump – more, even, than economic anxiety.


Joe Pettit: Examine external forces in racial inequality

If one believes that racial inequality is not caused by external forces acting on blacks and whites as groups, then the only other option is to believe that it is …


‘Good Morning America’s’ Amy Robach sorry for ‘colored people’ reference

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Amy Robach has apologized for saying “colored people” on Monday’s broadcast of the ABC program.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Racism pervades our institutions, yet all are ‘innocent’

The assumption that black people are less educable, loan-worthy or deserving of their constitutional rights is baked into our systems of education, banking and policing.