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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

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, 7:53 p.m.

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, 9:49 a.m.

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, 9:34 p.m.

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, 2:25 p.m.

‘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, 12:18 p.m.

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, 9:03 p.m.

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, 10:22 p.m.

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 …


Homeowner with racially restrictive covenant in deed asks judge to remove it

The owner of a home with a racially restrictive covenant attached to it has asked a judge to completely remove the discriminatory provision from his deed.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Gonzaga Prep reckoning with photo of students in KKK robes in 1968 yearbook

Gonzaga Prep administrators are reckoning with the discovery of a photo in the school’s 1968 yearbook that shows at least three students dressed as Ku Klux Klan members during an …


Virginia’s governor pledges to work toward racial healing

Virginia’s governor pledged to work at healing the state’s racial divide Saturday, even as calls mounted for the lieutenant governor to resign – capping an astonishing week that saw all …


Eric Zorn: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s sin looks more like obliviousness than racism

I’m inclined to chalk up Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface decision to obliviousness rather than racism, particularly in light of his public record on race in the intervening 35 years.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:53 a.m.

Racist robocaller now living in Montana, but harassment in Sandpoint continues

Scott D. Rhodes, the neo-Nazi who plagued several parts of the country last year with hate-filled robocalls from his home in Sandpoint, is now living in Libby, Montana. But some …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Virginia’s Gov. Northam says that wasn’t him in racist photo

Resisting widespread calls for his resignation, Virginia’s embattled governor on Saturday pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 …


‘Empire’ actor says account of attack has been consistent

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett said Friday that he has been “consistent on every level” with the police during their investigation into what he says was a racist and homophobic attack …


Virginia governor apologizes for racist photo; not resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to …


Steve King applauded at first Iowa event since House rebuke

Constituents applauded Republican Rep. Steve King on Saturday at the Iowa congressman’s first public event since being rebuked by his House colleagues over racist comments he had made to a …


White supremacist pleads guilty to killing black man with sword in New York

A white supremacist from Baltimore on Wednesday pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a black man in New York with a sword – a crime that officials say was the first …


Ex-University of Oklahoma students apologize for racist video

University of Oklahoma students demanded more from their campus administrators Tuesday, hours after the school released public apologies from two former students who were involved in a video in which …