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As Rachel Dolezal played her game, many of us played along

At the end of February, I saw a social media post about a package of racist, seemingly threatening letters that the head of Spokane’s NAACP chapter said she had received. …


Rachel Dolezal commented in 2014 about racial anxiety in childhood, marriage, interviewer recalls

In a series of interviews last year, Rachel Dolezal told an Eastern Washington University art student that her ex-husband expected her to look like a white woman. “She said it …


National office of NAACP stands behind Rachel Dolezal

The national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is standing behind Rachel Dolezal, the embattled Spokane chapter leader under fire for representing herself as a …


Ex-employee of Red Robin alleges workplace racism

A former employee has filed a federal lawsuit, with the Idaho Human Rights Commission’s blessing, against Red Robin restaurants claiming wrongful termination after she complained about alleged racist comments made …


Shawn Vestal: Wife’s words threaten public’s confidence in prosecutor

Should the views of a public official’s spouse matter to the citizens that official was elected to serve? This is the basic question raised by the case of Spokane County …


California bill reignites affirmative action fight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has …


Gary Graham: WWII veteran’s death brings out incivility, racism

The tragic death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton this week is yet another reminder of how violent living in America can be these days. Unfortunately, the fatal beating suffered by Belton …


A census first: Black voter turnout passes whites

WASHINGTON — New census data show that America’s blacks voted in 2012 at higher rates than whites, in a historic first. Despite increasing population, the number of white voters declined …


Minorities could be majority by 2043

Whites will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2043 as the United States will for the first time become a majority of minority groups, the Census Bureau …


Statewide report grades lawmakers on racial equity

Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from …


Spokane stage productions reap their just rewards

Live theater in Spokane has been going through a metamorphosis – or maybe we should say a “Metamorphoses” (to name one of the season’s best shows). Theaters have come and …


Theater review: Interplayers pulls off provocative ‘Race’

This riveting Interplayers production of David Mamet’s “Race” jams both index fingers down hard on two of the hottest of hot-button issues – race relations and sex – and doesn’t …


Mamet play “Race” entertains, provokes

This riveting Interplayers production of David Mamet’s “Race” jams both index fingers down hard on two of the hottest of hot-button issues – race relations and sex – and doesn’t …


Rally promotes peace, encourages dialogue on race

They lined up wearing cowboy hats and baseball caps. They came on bikes and in strollers, some using walkers and a few leaning on canes, and a bit of spring …


‘Pithy’ Mamet play, ‘Race,’ lands at Interplayers

No, “Race” is not about track-and-field. Not about NASCAR. It’s the latest David Mamet play, fresh off Broadway, about racial relations in America. If you’ve seen Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” …


March organizer urges dialogue

An organizer of Spokane’s annual march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. criticized community leaders Tuesday for not opening an honest dialogue about race issues after last month’s march was targeted …


Spotlight: Interplayers nabs Mamet’s ‘Race’

Spokane’s Interplayers Professional Theatre has scored a significant coup: It will stage the first production anywhere of David Mamet’s “Race” since it closed on Broadway in August. This controversial play, …


First-time Bloomie wins elite men’s field

First-time Bloomie Peter Kirui, from Kenya, wins the elite men’s field. Lineth Chepkurui, from Kenya, is is the elite women’s champ for the third year in a row. Jordan Bird, …


Court rules for white firefighters over promotions

The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed …


Multiracial people fastest-growing group in U.S.

WASHINGTON – Multiracial Americans have become the fastest-growing demographic group, wielding an impact on minority growth that challenges traditional notions of race. The number of multiracial people rose 3.4 percent …


Tensions linger

The Aryan Nations no longer is the top concern of a leading human rights activist in North Idaho. Instead, Tony Stewart, co-founder of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human …


Minorities overrepresented among felony convictions

With the presidential election sparking a renewed discussion of race, local officials struggle to explain why minorities in Spokane County face higher conviction rates than white residents. Statistics show that …


Idaho Democrats proud of delegates’ diversity

Idaho Democrats are touting the diversity of the North Idaho delegation they sent to the Democratic National Convention, a group that included two black men, a Native American woman, a …


Our racial roots

The country’s becoming less white with each passing year. Demographers predict a nonwhite majority in the United States by 2042. ■ Meanwhile, the population of the Inland Northwest is changing, …


Political pioneers reflect

Like its population since the late 1800s, Spokane’s political landscape has been largely, although not exclusively, white. But it can claim some successes, such as electing a black mayor before …


Spokane’s black mayor left his mark

Even Ebony magazine took notice when James E. (Jim) Chase was elected mayor of Spokane in 1981. The magazine said it wanted to tell the world “that there is a …


Francell Daubert

Francell Daubert’s grandfather found opportunity in Spokane. Along with other black people who came to the Inland Northwest from the pre-civil-rights-era South, Elmo Dalbert and his partner, Jim Chase, ran …


Albert Wilkerson Jr.

Horses first brought Albert Wilkerson Jr. to North Idaho. The people, he says, made him want to return.


Camilo Madero

Camilo Madero came to Spokane for the most typical of reasons. “It’s the ideal place to raise a family,” said the 40-year-old architect, who lived most of his life in …


Take two for Rossi, Gregoire – sort of

OLYMPIA – The faces in the governor’s race may be the same, but 2004 this isn’t. Millions of dollars are pouring into the contest that will presumably pit Gov. Chris …