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Inslee visits Sikh temple that was vandalized

SPOKANE — In a show of solidarity with Sikhs in the Inland Northwest, Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to visit a Spokane-area temple that was vandalized in early March.Inslee visited the temple Wednesday to help celebrate vaisakhi, the holiest Sikh festival.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest

Western Washington University reports anti-Semitic incidents

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University officials say they are forming a task force after several anti-Semitic incidents earlier this year.A university equality committee investigated four reported incidents and three were determined to be anti-Semitic.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest

Study: Police fatally shoot unarmed black men at disproportionate rates

A new academic study that builds on Washington Post research into fatal shootings by police has found that unarmed black men were shot and killed last year at disproportionate rates and that officers involved may be biased in how they perceive threats.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Nation & World

State senator initiates review of racist geographic names

SEATTLE — State Sen. Pramila Jayapal has initiated a review of ethnically and racially offensive geographic names in Washington state. The Democrat from Seattle is working with the state Department of Natural Resources to begin working to change the names.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest

Candidate apologizes for remarks about Vietnamese-Americans

EUGENE, Ore. — Faye Stewart, the East Lane County commissioner who is running for the U.S. Senate, has apologized for remarks condemned by some Vietnamese-Americans as insensitive and dehumanizing.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest

Racism still divides us and holds us back

During this strange presidential campaign, several candidates are spouting wishful thinking about what our nation's founders believed. Consider this: "Ted Cruz has spent a lifetime fighting to defend the Constitution. Our nation's founding document and the supreme law...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Catholic basketball fans shout ‘You killed Jesus’ at opposing players

BOSTON — An ugly thing happened at a high school basketball game in a suburb of Boston on Friday night.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Nation & World

‘Get him out!’ Racial tensions explode at Donald Trump rallies

ST. LOUIS — Protesters and supporters of Donald Trump clashed in sometimes-violent fashion here and in Chicago on Friday, the latest in an escalating series of confrontations that have come to define the front-runner’s rowdy campaign rallies even as he gets closer to securing the Republican...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Nation & World

Three stabbed at Ku Klux Klan rally in California

LOS ANGELES — Three people were stabbed Saturday, one critically, after a small group of Ku Klux Klan members staging an anti-immigrant rally in Southern California clashed with a larger gathering of counter-protesters, police said.

Date: 02/27/2016 | Nation & World

New political robocalls: Don’t vote for a Cuban

To at least some rather sketchy Donald Trump backers, the fact that two Cuban-American conservatives are seriously figuring in the run for the White House is apparently nothing to celebrate.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Nation & World

Number of U.S. hate groups rose by 14 percent in 2015

America is getting angrier, according to one watchdog.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Nation & World

Police recite pledge to root out intolerance

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World

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

New York City cabbie accused of refusing Al Roker is fined

NEW YORK — A New York City taxi driver who black NBC “Today” show weatherman Al Roker said passed him by in favor of picking up another fare for racial reasons has pleaded guilty to a service refusal violation and has been fined.

Date: 01/13/2016 | Entertainment

Holding fire when it’s white guys with guns

What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be wait-and-see.Probably more like point-and-shoot.

Date: 01/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Americans attack Sikhs because they think they’re Muslim

The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on Saturday morning, while waiting for a ride to work.Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, California.

Date: 12/29/2015 | Nation & World

Muslim prayer hall in Corsica attacked

PARIS — A crowd vandalized a Muslim prayer room in Corsica a day after an ambush injured two firefighters responding to an emergency in a housing project, the state prefect on the French island said Saturday.

Date: 12/27/2015 | Nation & World

Man suspected of posting racist threats at WWU posts $10K bail

BELLINGHAM — A Granite Falls High School graduate has been suspended from Western Washington University after allegedly making racist threats against other students on social media, which led to the campus being closed last week.Tysen Dane Campbell, 19, was arrested...

Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News

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

Good, not spectacular, preliminary ratings for Trump on ‘SNL’

NEW YORK — Donald Trump hadn’t gotten far into his opening monologue before trouble occurred. An off-screen heckler interrupted with a cry of “You’re a racist!”

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

Anonymous KKK ‘leak’ targets world of white power

After days of inaccuracies, confusing reports, and false starts, Anonymous’s much-hyped “Operation KKK” finally released a list of - if not the promised 1,000 - hundreds of names and social media accounts, many of which appear to have clear connections to the Ku Klux Klan, or other white supremacy...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Elizabeth Warren: Black Lives Matter is like civil rights movement

In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called for broad policing reform — including de-escalation training and body cameras for all police officers — and likened the current Black Lives Matter movement to the civil rights movement that won...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World

Man suspected of targeting minorities in series of robberies

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — A Camano Island man is suspected of targeting minorities in a series of armed robberies that span two counties.Michael Moore is believed to be involved in at least three separate robberies. Two happened on Nov. 4 in Shoreline and Seattle. One of the...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Local News

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

Jury recommends death for man who killed 3 at Jewish sites

OLATHE, Kan. — A jury recommended the death penalty Tuesday for a white supremacist who fatally shot three people at Jewish sites in Kansas, less than two hours after he told jurors he didn’t care what sentence was handed down.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Black couple use housing law to sue over slurs, threats

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Citing a sliver of civil rights-era legislation more commonly used as protection against discriminatory landlords, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a Georgia city they say failed to stop him from harassing them.Gregory and Sophia...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Making white voices matter

Viewpoints: Can white people talk meaningfully about race?

Date: 08/16/2015 | Commentary

University of Texas moves Confederate statue indoors

The University of Texas will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent outdoor mall on its Austin campus to an indoor historical exhibit, the latest sign of a rapid national shift in attitudes about the public display of imagery related to the Southern rebellion.

Date: 08/13/2015 | 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

NAACP to host forum for county executive candidates

Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Root out lone wolves with calm approach

"He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief."With this stream-of-consciousness narrative, an Islamic State...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ku Klux Klan, counter-demonstrators clash

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dozens of angry counter-protesters followed Ku Klux Klan demonstrators as they left the South Carolina State House grounds an hour early Saturday after a loud and combative demonstration. Police in riot gear blocked off the entrance to a parking garage so the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Texas denies birth certificates to U.S.-born children

McALLEN, Texas — Hiram Ramirez didn’t expect problems when she went to get a birth certificate for her newborn daughter, Dulce.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Why not leave Atticus Finch as he was?

Draft: n. a rough or preliminary sketch of a piece of writing.First, we want to assure you that this is the final version of this editorial. There was an earlier draft, but it was swiftly moved to the trash as we sharpened our writing and tightened our thinking. We believe...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary

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

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

Eagerness and trepidation

Sequel to beloved ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ released decades later

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

For ‘Mockingbird’ fans, the wait is almost over

It's the biggest literary surprise of the 21st century: On July 14, 55 years after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the reclusive 89-year-old Harper Lee will publish her second book."Go Set a Watchman" is not actually a new book — it...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Entertainment

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

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

After 54 years, Confederate flag taken down

COLUMBIA, S.C. — For the first time since the civil rights movement, the Confederate flag was removed entirely from the South Carolina Statehouse, in a swift ceremony Friday before thousands of people who cheered as the Civil War-era banner was lowered from a 30-foot flagpole.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

S. Carolina Confederate flag comes down Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World

Public opinion mixed on Confederate flag

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

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

Our ‘national’ conversation on race needs to be more personal

CHARLESTON, S.C. — By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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

Man accused of running over 2 ran militia training center near Monroe

TONASKET — Court documents say a man accused of running over two people, killing one of them, after a confrontation in Okanogan County has ties to the militia movement.

Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest

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

Massacre at church merits death penalty

It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news...

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

Work ahead of us before racism is dead

If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.What happened in Charleston is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It's a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans...

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

Half of American whites see no racism around them

WASHINGTON — The murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday night appears to be a horrific -- and impossible to deny -- illustration of racism in America. Federal authorities are investigating it as a hate crime. The city’s mayor called the shooting “an unfathomable and...

Date: 06/19/2015 | 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

Wrestling promoter led double life as informant

MEDFORD, Ore. — Sitting in the living room of his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Rico Valentino listened as two white supremacists hatched a scheme. What was needed, they said, was a smaller group, a specific target and a specific plan. A bomb.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest

Asians file complaint over Harvard admissions

WASHINGTON — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

We know what doesn’t work to fight poverty

I'm thinking of Baltimore and recalling these words: "While no one condones looting, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed by that regime, for them to be taking their feelings out...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Restaurant drops plan for ‘White Appreciation Day’

MILLIKEN, Colo. — A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado has dropped a much-criticized plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount and will offer the savings to all diners.

Date: 05/11/2015 | Business Wire

Al-Jazeera America ousts top executive

NEW YORK — The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive Wednesday, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism.

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

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