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Sue Lani Madsen: Common ground possible even in the politics of race

Emotionally charged issues of race are easier to navigate when everyone involved can examine their ingrained attitudes and try to work toward common ground.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Race problem goes beyond the police

We say that equality is a foundational belief of America, yet in virtually every field of endeavor, our behavior proves us liars.


Black activists hope killings by police prompt more action from white people

This past week, as graphic videos portrayed two more deaths of blacks in encounters with police and five police officers were slain at a march in Dallas protesting the killings, …


Shawn Vestal: Don’t choose sides, just stand against violence

Don’t pick a side, says columnist Shawn Vestal. It doesn’t have to be cops versus citizens, black versus white, us versus them. We can all be on the same side …


KKK dreams of rising again 150 years after founding

Born in the ashes of the smoldering South after the Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan died and was reborn before losing the fight against civil rights in the 1960s. …


Boise police charge three men in race-based attack

Three men police say targeted two youths in a racially-based attack are facing felony hate crime charges.


Supreme Court to review NC’s use of race in redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether Republican lawmakers in North Carolina relied too heavily on race when they redrew the state’s congressional districts in ways that gave …


Trump faces backlash as GOP leaders say attacks on judge are racist

A day that could have been another victory lap for Donald Trump veered into more chaos for the new Republican standard-bearer, as he faced unprecedented fury from top party leaders …


100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper highlights race in police confrontation story

From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane pioneer physician, Dr. W.D. Valentine, was locked up in county jail for issuing prescriptions for whisky by the score.


Sex abuse allegation, race, glare of national media divide town of Dietrich

The allegations of prolonged racist taunts and physical abuse were revealed this month when a family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Dietrich School District in Idaho. It claims …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Roots’ kindles courage to confront history

Sixteen years of education had taught me all about the Smoot-Hawley tariff, but next to nothing about how a boy could be delivered to a far shore as property.


Gary Crooks: Trump’s racial politics unappetizing

He can’t bridge the divide with photos of lunch, and he certainly can’t do it by denying an African-American newspaper press credentials to his Spokane appearance.


In spite of bias, WSU study finds Spokane police less likely to shoot black suspects

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Bloomsday organizers investigating T-shirt shortage, offer online orders through Friday

Some Bloomsday participants went home shirtless Sunday due to a shortage of finisher T-shirts. Race Director Don Kardong said organizers are investigating the issue, and affected participants can order a …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

What if all of us were less reflexive in using race as our prism, just because it’s handy?


Racial disparity on ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ franchise irks critics

Perhaps the most surprising turn in the March 14 finale of “The Bachelor” was that that runner-up and self-proclaimed “Southern sweetheart” Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher would be the new star of …


No charges for 2 Minneapolis officers in fatal shooting

Two Minneapolis police officers involved in the November fatal shooting of a black man will not be charged, a Minnesota prosecutor said Wednesday.


100 years ago in Spokane: Controversial film shown at the American Theater

The American Theater in Spokane opened Edward Sheldon’s controversial drama about the South, which had a title that we can only represent euphemistically as, “The N-Word.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Controversial play scheduled to open

From our archives, 100 years ago Rehearsals began at the American Theater of a controversial play by Edward Sheldon. It had a title we cannot print today — but The …


Electorates in Washington and Idaho differ by race and income from U.S.

Washington’s voting age population is whiter and richer than the nation as a whole. Idaho’s whiter and poorer.


Celebrity Focus: Zoe Kravitz’s DIY plan for change in Hollywood

She’s made up her mind to take a stand, not only in the kinds of roles she chooses, but also in how she’s going to create change for herself.


‘Nina’ distributor: Casting complaints show slavery’s impact

The distributor of the forthcoming film about Nina Simone says complaints about Zoe Saldana playing the singer reflect an interracial “pathology” established by slave owners.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Carson’s barb racist, ignorant

Being black means sharing the common experience of being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white.


Movie review: ‘Race’ powerful story of Jesse Owens

The multiple gold medal-winning effort by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin is one of the most important moments in sports and world history. It’s a defining moment …


‘Race’ actor talks about Jesse Owens and getting him right onscreen

Made with the support of Owens’ daughters and the Jesse Owens Foundation, “Race” chronicles Owens’ life from his leaving Cleveland to study and race at Ohio State University through his …


Shawn Vestal: Listening to other points of view doesn’t hurt your integrity, Mr. McDevitt

Former U.S. Attorney and current director of the Spokane Police Department Jim McDevitt should be aware that many people will not agree with his assessment on race and crime, and …


Shawn Vestal: Rachel Dolezal doing plenty of talking, but not in Spokane

Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP in Spokane, has recently given lengthy interviews to The Guardian newspaper and Vice news, describing how she came to identify as black.


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Top University of Missouri officials resign as demanded by student protesters

The president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday amid criticism of his handling of student complaints about race and discrimination.


Rupert Murdoch apologizes for `real black President’ tweet

The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a …


Banning terms including ‘male, female, illegal alien’ draws ire at WSU

PULLMAN – Three Washington State University instructors are being accused of violating students’ First Amendment rights by banning terms such as “illegal alien,” “male” and “female” in the classroom. Students …