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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to do after the flag comes down

CHARLESTON, S.C. — One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.Not that the astounding progress this week toward consigning the Confederate battle...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Of course Obama should have said the n-word

Everything's relative when folks start debating what is and isn't acceptable conduct for the president of the United States: Recall that just a week into President Barack Obama's tenure, former White House chief of staff Andy Card insisted that Obama lacked proper respect for the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

Woman removes Confederate flag in front of South Carolina statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and — despite calls by police to get down — removed the banner.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Flag was never about heritage

The Confederate battle flag, a blue cross with white stars on a field of red, is not a common sight in Washington state. It flies above private property or adorns T-shirts and bumperstickers. It likely will continue to do so. Those individuals who choose to fly the Confederate flag have...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Editorials

In retiring Confederate flag, take care not to overshoot

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.It's the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How can right deny racism’s persistence?

Only hours after the murders in Charleston, as if the horror itself wasn't enough, the reprehensible reactions from the right made me feel like rolling into a ball and crying. When the president said, "this type of violence doesn't happen in other countries," I...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Confederate flag’s removal is least to be done

In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late yesterday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, long overdue.Whatever arguments have been offered in the past for...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We can’t allow those who want to kill to be armed

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.The gun is what ties the unspeakable...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Charleston will need time to mourn tragedy

Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.These are all...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Shooting suspect: Racist jokes and ‘Southern pride’

In his Facebook profile photo, Dylann Storm Roof’s look is glum and menacing; his jacket bears emblems popular with white supremacists.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World

Pastor, 8 others, fatally shot at church in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World

Choosing your own: Definition of race becoming fluid

WASHINGTON — Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America, as the rigid racial structures that have defined most of this country’s history seem, for some, to be softening.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

Former Spokane NAACP leader: ‘I identify as black’

NEW YORK — The woman who resigned as head of a NAACP chapter after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and “takes exception” to the contention that she tried to deceive people.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

Woman at center of NAACP case sued university in 2002, said it favored black students

The former NAACP leader accused of being a white woman pretending to be black once sued a historically black university for racial discrimination, claiming Howard University favored black students over her, according to court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest

Question remains: What was that cop thinking?

Video imagery doesn't get much worse than a white police officer throwing an African-American girl in a bikini to the ground, kneeling on her back as she cries, and drawing his gun on other teens.What in God's name is wrong with our cops? I should say, what was...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Police halt probe into Rachel Dolezal’s harassment claims

SPOKANE — Police in eastern Washington say they’re no longer investigating racial harassment claims made by Rachel Dolezal, the head of a local NAACP chapter whose integrity was thrown into question when her mother said she’s a white woman pretending to be black.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Northwest

Baltimore police indicted in Freddie Gray death

BALTIMORE — A grand jury indicted all six officers charged in the case of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries he suffered in police custody, allowing the state's attorney to press ahead with the most serious charges despite criticism that she was part of an "overzealous...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World

Pay raises and a Tubman $20

Time to tie up a couple of loose ends from earlier editorials.Poorly timed raise: In March, we advised the state Legislature to complete its work, including passage of state budgets...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Editorials

Unemployment rate for blacks at 7-year low

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to single digits in April for the first time in nearly seven years. At the same time, the jobless rate among Asian-Americans rose for the first time in six months.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Justice Department to probe Baltimore police

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta Lynch has decided to launch a federal investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has engaged in a “pattern or practice” of excessive force.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Nation & World

Our approach to young, black men is broken

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Arrests made as Baltimore protests turn violent

BALTIMORE — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World

Blacks, Hispanics do better but still lag whites

WASHINGTON — Despite high-profile concern over issues underscored by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, African Americans and Hispanics are faring well in certain areas, including better health care and reductions in violent crime, the latest State of Black America report from the National...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World

Seattle fraternity accused of hurling slurs at protesters

SEATTLE — The University of Washington is investigating allegations that members of a fraternity made racial slurs and obscene gestures to black students as they marched past the frat house during a protest.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest

WSU officials respond to fraternity racial incident

PULLMAN — About 100 people met with Washington State University President Elson Floyd this week to discuss a February incident when a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity allegedly made a racial slur against a group of young black women.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Northwest

FBI struggles to get minorities in the door

The Washington PostWASHINGTON — Local police departments across the country are under increasing pressure to diversify their forces, particularly in light of a scathing Justice Department report about the mostly white Ferguson Police Department’s unfair treatment of African-Americans.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Workers sue Daimler Trucks over racial slurs, threats

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two current and two former employees have sued Daimler Trucks North America, alleging they were discriminated against because they are African American.

Date: 02/24/2015 | Northwest

Integrate churches, Southern Baptist leaders say

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leaders in nation’s largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial justice in society. But that could be a hard sell to those sitting in Southern Baptist Convention congregations.

Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World

2014 highlights racial gaps in society

The year 2014 will be remembered politically for many things, among them the Republican Party’s impressive victories in the midterm elections. But as much as anything, the year was a reminder of the depth of racial divisions and the persistence of racial politics in America.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Nation & World

Black and white, red and blue divide America

Blacks and whites live in different worlds when it comes to perceptions of the criminal justice system and the role that police play in society. But divisions within the white community are almost as stark, with opinions heavily shaped by partisan identification and ideology, according to a new...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Nation & World

Officer kills black man near Ferguson

BERKELEY, Mo. — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

Date: 12/25/2014 | Nation & World

Shooting justified, most whites believe

WASHINGTON — Despite massive protests, Americans say by 2-1 that the federal government shouldn’t charge the white police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World

We need sense of urgency on issues of race

President Obama's observation that racism is "deeply rooted" in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn't make it go away.These truths, to quote a familiar document, are self-evident. Obama made...

Date: 12/09/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Must we sacrifice justice and peace for law and order?

‘I can't breathe."Those were Eric Garner's last words, and today they apply to me. The decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict the police officer who killed him takes my breath away.In the depressing reality series that should be called...

Date: 12/07/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Let's start a conversation

Viewpoints: Why racial strife across the U.S. matters here

Date: 12/07/2014 | Commentary

Media pundits didn’t give Ferguson officer a fair trial

We hand a man a gun and ask him to protect us. If something goes horribly wrong, perhaps in a flurry of panic, we don't rush to punish him. We make sure a criminal justice system meant to protect all citizens also protects him. We blanket him in the presumption of innocence. It's the...

Date: 12/01/2014 | Opinion Columnists

People in Ferguson reacted to disregard shown them

The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low...

Date: 11/30/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Ferguson police shooter resigns his post

ST. LOUIS — Citing threats of violence, Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the police department Saturday.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Black lawmakers oppose recognition of tribe

WASHINGTON — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World

Inconsistencies in Ferguson grand jury evidence

FERGUSON, Mo. — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when officer Darren Wilson finished him off. Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Nation & World

Ferguson boards up as it awaits grand jury ruling

FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.

Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World

NBC scraps Cosby project amid new rape allegations

NEW YORK — NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Nation & World

Find reopens FBI effort to discredit MLK

Nearly 50 years ago, a series of events involving sex, official corruption and a most unlikely ending began unraveling in Washington. It was plot that makes anything seen on the fervid television series “Scandal” look tame.

Date: 11/16/2014 | Nation & World

How fast food chains target black kids

WASHINGTON— It’s hard to blame people for craving fast food when they are inundated with advertising from such a young age. But what’s disturbing is just how far fast food companies will go to target kids from groups already more likely to suffer from obesity — including the poor, rural Americans...

Date: 11/13/2014 | Business Wire

Obama to nominate 1st black woman as AG

WASHINGTON — In a second trail-blazing pick for the nation's top law enforcement officer, President Barack Obama intends to nominate a federal prosecutor in New York to become the next attorney general and the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Nation & World

Slave quarters to be rebuilt at Madison’s home

Homes of slaves who served President James Madison at his Montpelier estate in Virginia will be rebuilt for the first time over the next five years, along with other refurbishments to the home of one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, thanks to a $10 million gift...

Date: 11/01/2014 | Nation & World

Evidence backs Ferguson cop's account

Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown's blood on the gun, uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer's story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun.

Date: 10/19/2014 | Nation & World

Record number of blacks seek office

WASHINGTON — More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of Barack Obama's historic presidency.At least 83 black Republicans and Democrats are...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Nation & World

Rand Paul visits black leaders in Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul met with local NAACP leaders for breakfast in the heart of the tense suburb of Ferguson on Friday morning to talk about how he could help the community, according to one official in attendance.

Date: 10/11/2014 | Nation & World

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