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Black history, U.S. history are inseparable

This month is Black History Month. In reality, every month is Black History month, because without black people, there would be no United States. Black history is tied up with slavery and capitalism, territorial expansion, annihilation of native Americans, the Civil War, Jim...

Date: 02/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Moscoso optimistic about passage of Washington Voting Rights Act

State Rep. Luis Moscoso says he is optimistic about the chances for passing the Washington Voting Rights Act during this year's legislative session.

Date: 02/08/2016 | South County Politics

Hillary Clinton calls Flint water crisis ‘immoral’

FLINT, Mich. — Taking a detour from New Hampshire's campaign trail, Hillary Clinton said Sunday that a water crisis in a Michigan city was "immoral" and demanded that Congress approve $200 million in emergency aid to address the community's battle with lead-contaminated water.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Nation & World

Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma

CHICAGO — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Voter ID laws ‘skew democracy’ in favor of white Republicans

Voter fraud is, for all intents and purposes, practically nonexistent. The best available research on the topic, by Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt, found only 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation in an investigation of over 1 billion votes cast.But that...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Nation & World

Oscars not only favor the white, but the stunning

We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon.At the risk of running afoul of some ardent fan clubs, let us note that the Academy Awards for best actress tend...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

A right to protest, not a right to shut city down

For me, the big question isn't which team wins in that football thing this weekend. The real big question is whether local anarchists and malcontents will try to shut down any big-name bridges, freeways or otherwise jam up the Bay Area's Super Bowl festivities.Social media...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Puyallup Tribe to open marijuana testing laboratory

TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is opening a marijuana testing laboratory, marking its first foray into the Washington’s budding marijuana industry.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Better life found in Skagit Valley

LA CONNER — Getting to and from school used to be a challenge for Felix Lester.He dodged drunks, drug dealers and the occasional fight to get to classes at Solen High School on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Environmental group sues Indian Health Service

YAKIMA — An environmental group based on the Yakama Indian Reservation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failing to respond to records requests about groundwater nitrate pollution.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest

Tribe asks feds to stop armed group's free travel at refuge in Oregon

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Oscars announce reforms to diversify leadership

The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

Tribe, Wash. state officials investigate Chinook burial site dig

ASTORIA, Ore. — Washington State and tribal officials are investigating after the Pacific County Public Utilities District dug in an area that is known as a Chinook Indian burial site.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Charlotte Rampling: Oscars diversity debate racist to whites

LONDON — Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling has entered the debate over a lack of diversity at the Oscars, saying the calls for a boycott are “racist to white people.”

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

Hibulb exhibit all about remembering

TULALIP — Former Tulalip Tribes vice chairman Deborah Parker has been working for years to encourage legislation and other efforts to stop violence against women — “especially indigenous women” — who make up a disproportionate number of victims.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Entertainment

Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, says he won’t attend

NEW YORK — Will Smith says he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Entertainment

Oregon college plans Whiteness History Month project

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon college intends to undertake an innovative project on racism that it says examines how white privilege affects people’s daily lives.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

School districts add Native American culture to curriculum

MOUNT VERNON — Though a channel divides the town of La Conner from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation, the two cultures are intertwined in Michael Carrigan’s shop class at La Conner High School.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Former Klan member who killed teen with crossbow denied parole

Russell Hinson was convicted in 1993 of using a crossbow to kill 16-year-old Felicia Houston, who was visiting family in Monroe three days after Christmas.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Hispanic voting power swells to record for 2016, Pew study says

A record number of Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, yet the group’s high share of young voters could blunt its potential political clout.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Medina to pay $1.7 million to fired police lieutenant

MEDINA — The city of Medina is paying $1.7 million to a former police lieutenant whose firing was deemed to be too harsh a punishment for the racially derogatory comments he made.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Northwest

Washington football team owner donates millions to Native Americans

The foundation Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder created to support Native Americans contributed $3.7 million during its first year, providing items such as vans, computers and winter coats for more than 20 tribes that desperately needed assistance.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Nation & World

Threats to interracial Oregon family is possible hate crime

SALEM, Ore. — Salem police are investigating a possible hate crime after an interracial couple and their children received several written racist death threats signed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest

Open border tough line for Democrats to straddle

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump's storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.Democrats already have the luxury of being far...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Tribe: Armed group ‘desecrating’ land

BURNS, Ore. — The leader of an American Indian tribe that regards an Oregon nature preserve as sacred issued a rebuke Wednesday to the armed men who are occupying the property, saying they are not welcome at the snowy bird sanctuary and must leave.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

Spokane Tribe asks Inslee to seek halt to ski area expansion

SPOKANE — Gov. Jay Inslee was asked Wednesday to help stop the proposed expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski area located within the largest state park in Washington.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

President Obama’s skin looks different in GOP ads

WASHINGTON— A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers’ racial biases.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Nation & World

GOP must abandon the bigots in its base

Editor's note: This column contains words and phrases that, while expurgated, still imply vulgarities and racial, religious and other epithets.A couple of weeks ago, I wrote: "Let's not mince words, Donald Trump is a bigot and a racist."I...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Washington wildlife refuge to be renamed for Indian activist

SEATTLE — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to rename Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for the late Indian fishing activist Billy Frank Jr.

Date: 12/15/2015 | Northwest

Meet incident of intolerance with mercy

In the age of the cellphone camera, interactions that are best forgotten instead escalate and become chew toys for the chattering class. When a video goes viral, the public's sense of proportion often goes AWOL.It started last Sunday when San Franciscan Rasheed Albeshari,...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, famous for his blustery rhetoric from the bench and beyond, finds himself in controversy again after suggesting that some black students might belong at “slower-track” universities.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

American Indian activist, poet John Trudell dies at 69

LOS ANGELES — John Trudell, who was a spokesman for American Indian protesters during their 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island and later headed the American Indian Movement, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Date: 12/10/2015 | Nation & World

Lummi Nation youth bring climate film to summit in France

BELLINGHAM — The Lummi Nation has a message for global leaders gathered at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in France: The Earth is alive.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Northwest

Voting Rights Act would enshrine the diversity people seek

With the Nov. 3 General Election, Washington state acknowledged the emergence of a more diverse political reality. The election of eight Latinas to five City Councils (five in Eastern Washington and three in the Seattle Metro area) has clearly demonstrated that the Latino community is...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Commentary

Students, watch your yakking

The posts on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media smartphone app, were without question racist and threatening.Following discussion last month that Western Washington University's Viking mascot was viewed by some students as racist, debate on the smartphone app ranged from...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Editorials

Pasco man convicted of child sex crimes in 2013 wins appeal

PASCO — A Pasco man serving a life sentence for raping and molesting a girl in 2007 has been given the opportunity to withdraw his plea because of a mistake made at sentencing.

Date: 11/30/2015 | Northwest

Trump scraps endorsement event after black pastors object

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cancelled a press conference in which his campaign said he would be endorsed by as many as 100 black evangelical religious leaders. Many of those invited to the event say they had no intention of endorsing the billionaire...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

700 gather, 4 arrested at Seattle Black Lives Matter protest

SEATTLE — Hundreds of people marched through downtown Seattle streets and shops as part of a Black Lives Matter protest on Black Friday.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Northwest

GOP contenders talk about drug abuse; racial, partisan rifts persist

More than 40 years after Republican president Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase “war on drugs,” many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerating them.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

Seattle Black Lives Matter protest draws hundreds

SEATTLE — Hundreds of people marched through downtown Seattle streets and shops as part of a Black Lives Matter protest on Black Friday.

Date: 11/27/2015 | Northwest

Protesters to target Chicago shopping on Black Friday

CHICAGO — Small groups of demonstrators gathered again Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

Date: 11/26/2015 | Nation & World

Feds to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that’s on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Police investigating possible hate crime at Portland college

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police are investigating a possible hate crime at Lewis and Clark College.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Fishing at the heart of Lummi Nation

LUMMI RESERVATION — Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

Quinault Nation opens crab fishery around Grays Harbor

GRAYS HARBOR — The Quinault Indian Nation has opened its crab fishery in the Grays Harbor area. The tribal fishing area is one of the few spared by a toxic algal bloom on the Pacific coast.The tribe says its crabs are being tested regularly by the Washington Department...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

More Mexicans leave the U.S. than enter

SAN DIEGO — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families,...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Census weighs changes to counting American Indians in 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians in 2020.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — Eighty-one years after a neglected tribal water supply caused a devastating outbreak of typhoid fever and a century after the state outlawed spearfishing of the salmon that fed their ancestors, Native American tribes who trace their history back millennia say their trust in...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Inca boy’s DNA shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.During the Inca civilization, which...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Mizzou president became a political football

Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System, Tim Wolfe — and, most importantly, after the Mizzou football team threatened to boycott games until Wolfe quit —...

Date: 11/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ex-Swinomish police chief gets 16 months for stealing from tribe

SEATTLE — A Stanwood resident who is the former police chief of the Swinomish Police Department has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing nearly $34,000 from the northwest Washington tribe.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest

Laws to accommodate transgender can only go so far

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls'...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

3rd Latina elected to Yakima City Council

YAKIMA — Carmen Mendez is now projected to become the third Latina elected to the Yakima City Council this year.With all but a few ballots counted, Mendez increased her lead Thursday to 53.7 percent, to opponent Kelly Rosenow’s 45 percent.Rosenow conceded the race Thursday.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

After boy handcuffed, mom demands Spokane school super resign

SPOKANE — A woman is demanding the resignation of Spokane schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger because her son was handcuffed after trying to enter a middle school to use the bathroom.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Half of black millennials know of abuse by police

WASHINGTON — Long before the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Should Congress control tribal recognition?

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes and would add delay to what was long a broken system, an Obama administration official said Wednesday.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Yakama tribe to get authority for some court cases

YAKIMA — Some civil and criminal cases involving members of the Yakama Nation will be returned to the tribe’s jurisdiction, after being handled for decades by the state.The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday granted the tribe’s petition for what is called “retrocession.”

Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest

In Alabama, Clinton blasts GOP on voting rights

HOOVER, Ala. — Near the heart of the civil rights movement, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton roused black Alabama Democrats on Saturday with a pledge to champion voting rights and accusations that Republicans are dismantling generations of racial progress.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Five myths about Christopher Columbus

As Columbus Day gives way to “fall break” and drops off many workers’ calendars altogether, it has become easy to overlook a perennial teaching moment. When Christopher Columbus does come up in the media or the classroom, he is usually simply bashed or praised, depending on the viewpoint of the...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Exhibit of black artist’s work is what Baltimore needs

OXFORD, Md. — Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose — an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago captured the dignity and spirit of America's black families at a time when stereotype and caricature...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Land trust buys Lummi Island quarry site for $1.08M

LUMMI ISLAND — A land trust group has purchased 105 acres of quarry land on Lummi Island for $1.08 million with plans to restore the area for conservation, low-impact recreation and saltwater access.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Man pleads guilty in killing of two American Indians

LANDER, Wyo. — A Wyoming man pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting two American Indian men that exposed racial tensions in a reservation border town.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

Blacks do better than whites when both get same health care

On most health measures, blacks fare much worse than whites - differences that have largely been attributed to socioeconomic factors, access to health care and discrimination by doctors in the treatments they prescribe.But if there were a health system in which all patients...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Chinook’s new leader spearheads fight for recognition

LONGVIEW — Every day for the last three months, the Chinook Indian Nation has addressed a letter to President Barack Obama about a subject that tribal chairman Tony Johnson calls “a matter of life or death.”

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

State could get first tribe-owned pot store

SUQUAMISH — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Business Wire

Sanders’ history on working with minorities is complicated

So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact signed

OLYMPIA — The Suquamish Tribe and Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board have signed what they say is the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest

Bond denied for ex-cop on murder charge in black man’s death

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white former South Carolina police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist won’t be released before his trial.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

Judge allows Swinomish tribe’s lawsuit over oil trains to proceed

SEATTLE — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to proceed against BNSF Railway over oil train shipments.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

We’re ready to talk about race

Washington state has had no immunity from the tragedies involving recent fatal police shootings in the U.S. that have brought more division than discussion about race and policing.Thursday morning came the news that three police officers in the Eastern Washington city of...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Editorials

'Helping the greater good'

Cultural Kitchen allows sharing of foods from around the world

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Nikki Haley is the cure to what trumps the GOP

Donald Trump is driving the Republican Party into the abyss. Can Nikki Haley pull it back?Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, talks of immigrants as rapists and women as bimbos and appeals to the angry white man. He invokes the "silent majority,"...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Minority winemakers look to change industry’s stereotypes

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Bertony Faustin didn’t set out to be Oregon’s first black winemaker. He just wanted to make good wine. But the disbelief that often comes when customers realize a black man owns the winery has worn on him.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest

Trump again pulling GOP into a harmful debate

"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of...

Date: 08/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Making white voices matter

Viewpoints: Can white people talk meaningfully about race?

Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary

Seattle won’t paint over rogue crosswalks

SEATTLE — Seattle officials said they will not paint over the Pan-African themed crosswalks that have shown up in the Central District.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest

Sen. Murray introduces bill to return Kennewick Man bones to tribes

SPOKANE — The ancient skeleton of Kennewick Man should be returned to a group of Columbia Basin tribes, according to a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

U.S., Russia ease travel rules for Bering Strait natives

ANCHORAGE — The United States and Russia are in the midst of their most tense relations since the Cold War, but for a small number of residents of both countries, things are warming up a bit.It will now be easier and cheaper for Alaska and Russia Native residents to...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Virginia may recall Confederate license plates

DANVILLE, Va. — A federal judge ruled Friday that Virginia can stop issuing specialty license plates that show the Confederate flag, following a recent Supreme Court decision that said such a ban does not violate the First Amendment.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Removal of Confederate flag taken to illogical extremes

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cop indicted for murder in traffic-stop shooting

CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.”

Date: 07/30/2015 | Nation & World

Sandra Bland should not have died in jail, nor been there

Sandra Bland should not be dead. The official account of how the 28-year-old African-American woman perished in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell this month states that she committed suicide by "self-inflicted asphyxiation." Her family disputes that Bland could possibly have...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

To pump or dump Trump

Viewpoints: How will Donald Trump affect the GOP in 2016?

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

What do so many Americans see in Trump?

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner.That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

Enjoy cultural performances at Nubian Jam Saturday

EVERETT — Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee is staging its 23rd annual Nubian Jam Community Cultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 25 at Forest Park, 802 Mukilteo Blvd, Everett.People who attend can expect cultural performances along with concerts by...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Entertainment

Men, blacks most likely to get tickets for Seattle pot use

SEATTLE — A second police study of marijuana-use tickets in Seattle has found men and blacks are most likely to be ticketed.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Northwest

Actions speak louder than the flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Adventure & leadership

Students learn outdoor skills, love of nature in N. Cascades

Date: 07/19/2015 | Explore NW

Racism stings at black-owned businesses

PITTSBURGH — When Paulette Still left a career in banking to open Posy Flower Design and Event Decor, she expected to sacrifice a steady and hefty paycheck for the chance to be her own boss. She didn't expect the number of people who would challenge her entrepreneurship based...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire

Nine names will live on in history, one in ignominy

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

General Lee would applaud lowering of Confederate flag

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lowering the flag and moving ahead

For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A civil eye on Civil War

Viewpoints: Honoring history with civility, respect

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Blame Boehner for brief rise of Confederacy

The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

New Spokane NAACP head looks to future after Dolezal scandal

SPOKANE — The new president of the Spokane NAACP said she wants to focus on repairing the damage from the recent Rachel Dolezal controversy.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest

Facebook ramps up minority hiring

Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire

Card counting risky at tribal casinos

For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.Casino bosses everywhere have ways of making so-called "advantage...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire

Greater tasks ahead than just lowering a flag

As we celebrate our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July, perhaps we should do some reflecting about our nation, especially as we consider last month's murder of nine black citizens in South Carolina.Our forefathers declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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