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UPDATED: Mon., June 1, 2020

Spokane County health officer joined in Sunday’s march

Even in the midst of a pandemic, state and local public health officials have expressed their support for demonstrations against police brutality of Black Americans.


Man says officer shrugged off racist incident at Home Depot, Seattle police say they’re investigating

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best has followed up on a complaint from a man who says he was the target of racist remarks at the Home Depot store in Seattle’s …


Morhaf Al Achkar: Racial disparities exist in pandemic

Speaking as a physician with a duty to care for the health of everyone, the health care system has failed marginalized African American communities – again.


John Kass: ‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,’ the hero’s journey

What happens in America when a black intellectual who was born into the crushing poverty of the Jim Crow South dares stand up to challenge white liberal Democratic orthodoxy?


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Report: Leader of neo-Nazi terrorist group owns land in Ferry County

According to an investigation published Thursday by the Guardian, the leader of the Base is Rinaldo Nazzaro, a 46-year-old who was born in the United States – and who owns …


Iowa woman accused of racist attacks to undergo mental tests

A judge Monday approved a competency evaluation of a woman accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican.


Police: Iowa woman said she ran over girl in racist attack

A Des Moines woman was charged with attempted murder after she told police that she intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teenager was Mexican, authorities said …


Syracuse University janitor battles racism with kindness

A janitor who removed racist graffiti at Syracuse University has started a campaign of kindness.


Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to “Dumbo,“ “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older …


Union official: Fired Wisconsin school guard gets job back

A Wisconsin school district is rehiring a black security guard after he was fired last week for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it, a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Church in north Spokane littered with flyers promoting neo-Nazi group, race war

“I’m really concerned about the safety of the people at my church,” the church’s pastor said.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

No evidence of sexist, racist comments by Senate Democrats, report says

Senate investigation finds no evidence of Democratic freshman’s claim of sexist or racist comments in closed-door meetings.


After school Nazi salute video, more racist videos emerge

School officials in Orange County, California, said they will reopen an investigation into a group of high school students seen on video giving Nazi salutes last year after more racist …


How one Spokane couple desegregated the Pantages chain of vaudeville theaters

On Sept. 15, 1918, Samuel Moore and his girlfriend Sadie Miller attempted to attend a vaudeville performance at Spokane’s Pantages Theatre. An usher told them that because they were black, …


Jonah Goldberg: We have problems, yes, but let’s put things in perspective

The fact that the country is so concerned about bigotry and violence is good, because it’s a sign that our tolerance of such things has shrunk. All I’m doing is …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Police: El Paso shooting suspect said he targeted Mexicans

Police say the man suspected of killing 22 people and wounding many others at a Texas Walmart told detectives after confessing that he had been targeting Mexicans


Patti Davis: My father would want forgiveness

There is no defense for what my father said on that taped phone conversation. But I believe, if he had, years after the fact, heard that tape, he would have …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Shawn Vestal: ‘Who, me?’ racist taints Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration

Jim Valentine’s defense of the racist imagery he paraded through Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration embodies the representative species of our racist moment – the “Who, me?” racist; the …


‘Everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people,’ Mulvaney says

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s attacks on the city of Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., saying that some people will …


Michael Gerson: Republican leaders are shilling for a bigot

American politics is now caught in an odd and dangerous form of escalation. The cycle begins with President Trump engaging in some form of divisive prejudice, either out of calculation …


Germany marks 75th anniversary of plot to kill Hitler

Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, paying tribute to those who were executed for trying, but failing, to assassinate the Nazi …


Trump v. Dems: ‘Racist’ and ‘socialist’ lines drawn for 2020

With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns.


George Conway: I denied that Trump was a racist. Not anymore.

Donald Trump is not some random, embittered person in a parking lot – he’s the president of the United States. By virtue of his office, he speaks for the country. …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

McMorris Rodgers: Trump ‘wrong’ to tell four Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back’ to their countries

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said President Trump was “wrong” in his suggestion that four congresswoman should go back to the countries they came from.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

‘Many people agree with me’: Trump digs in on racist tweets

Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their “broken and crime infested” countries. …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019

FIFA gets tougher on racism in disciplinary code update

FIFA is doubling its minimum ban for racist incidents to 10 games, and will start inviting players to make victim statements at disciplinary hearings. Stricter handling of racism and discrimination …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019

Racist provisions on home deeds can’t be removed by county officials, court commissioner rules

Spokane County does not have the authority to remove racist provisions from home deeds and titles, even if they’re illegal and void, a Superior Court acting judge ruled Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019

Guest Opinion: Cause and effect in action

We call for Representative Matt Shea to cease posting and sharing links to sites that promote religious or racial intolerance and hatred.


Author, black historian Jerrelene Williamson to receive Spokane award after lifetime of storytelling

A go-to source for reporters and others seeking the pulse of the African American community in Spokane, Jerrelene Williamson will be inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame next …


Spokane hides its ‘subtle’ housing racism, Black Lens editor tells conference

Sandra Williams, editor and publisher of The Black Lens newspaper, had just said that the average life expectancy for people living on Spokane’s South Hill near Manito Park was 82 …