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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

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

Racism charge leveled

Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Coffee's for sippin'; papers are for opinin'

I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.Absolutely no one is talking about race.In fact, no one is talking at all except to mumble an...

Date: 03/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A bungled invitation to talk

Starbucks and its CEO Howard Schultz set themselves up for criticism.And the media obliged, as if its name had been misspelled on its...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Editorials

Fight hate speech with more speech

I understand why University of Oklahoma President David Boren chose to expel two students for singing a vile, racist ditty at a fraternity event. There is nothing funny about lyrics that make light of lynching and repeat the n-word. If students did that at a university that I...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What frat boys on a bus tell us about racism

See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now?Frankly, the happy-go-lucky bigotry of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brothers —...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More chapters may have used racist chant

National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and University of Texas officials are investigating whether the racist chant used in Oklahoma has been sung by members of other chapters.The University of Texas said in a statement that it is trying to find out if...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

Suspect said ‘Heil Hitler!’ after Jewish site killings

OLATHE, Kan. — A man accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas declared “Heil Hitler!” and asked how many Jews he had killed after the attacks, a police officer testified Monday during a hearing in which the man’s apology to some survivors was rejected.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Nation & World

Vandalism or hate crime?

Faith leaders urge investigation

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Issue of racism ‘belongs to all of us’

Eva Abram will pose a formidable question in a talk Saturday at the Mukilteo Library. Her program is titled: “Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take?”

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

U.S. at crossroads on race, FBI boss says

WASHINGTON — The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting “hard truths” that the public and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World

Black and blue: A cop's story

Officer Darren Sims was first to answer the 5 a.m. call about a man lying in the street, perhaps shot. Sims spotted him and, near his left shin, a 9-millimeter semi-automatic. Sims kicked the gun to the curb and pocketed it. The body sprang to life, thrashing and bellowing, "I'm...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

White supremacists in eastern Oregon charged in murder plot

PENDLETON, Ore. — Three members of an eastern Oregon white supremacist gang have been charged in connection with a murder plot and other crimes.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest

Obama bounds into Boise

BOISE, Idaho — Six rows of parking spaces is all that separates Boise State University’s glittering basketball arena from its arch-roofed football practice field.Only a few steps from one to the other. But a longer walk for President Barack Obama.

Date: 01/21/2015 | Nation & World

Officials have broken ties with racist past

I like a feeding frenzy as much as the next shark. But I can't get a taste for Rep. Steve Scalise's blood.The Louisiana Republican, newly elected No. 3 in the House leadership, was recently discovered to have spoken to a group of white supremacists. Democrats see his offense...

Date: 01/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

March to the past

Timely 'Selma' takes you to tension-filled 1965

Date: 01/08/2015 | Entertainment

Examine the biases of all, including those of Al Sharpton

Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.One might also conclude that America has a hearty...

Date: 01/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gypsy infant refused burial in France gets grave

PARIS — An infant Gypsy girl who died suddenly will now have a resting place after one mayor refused to allow her to be buried in his town south of Paris, where the parents live in a camp.The girl’s funeral will be held on Monday in a nearby town — 10 days after her death

Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World

Republicans have to show a break from their past

Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated in any way with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.Do not give a speech to a racist organization founded...

Date: 01/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Not guilty plea in Seattle cab driver beating

SEATTLE — A man accused of beating a cab driver and telling him to “go back to your own country” pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle to charges of a hate crime and assault.The King County prosecutor’s office says the next court hearing for Jesse Alexander Fleming, 26, is Jan. 26.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest

Why are some states more bigoted?

WASHINGTON — Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks — biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites in...

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Obama has been mistaken for valet

WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

Date: 12/18/2014 | Nation & World

Obama: I've been mistaken for valet

WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Nation & World

Thousands march to protest police killings

WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take...

Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World

County settles another lawsuit, this one for $750K

EVERETT — Snohomish County has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against three women who work at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center.That comes...

Date: 12/11/2014 | Local News

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

Obama must seize moment in NYPD death

The words, spoken about the Eric Garner travesty in New York, were righteous and powerful."When you look at what they did to this guy and putting him in a chokehold like that, it's inexcusable — absolutely inexcusable and brutal.""How this...

Date: 12/08/2014 | 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

Less mulling, more action needed from Obama on Ferguson

After a week of Ferguson protests that have roiled the country, President Obama on Monday did what he generally does in times of crisis: He had a meeting.Actually, he had three of them, all behind closed doors. He met with his Cabinet. He met with civil rights leaders. He...

Date: 12/03/2014 | 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

Ballots, not bricks, will change things in Ferguson, elsewhere

In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there:Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six city council members and nearly...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Ferguson shows that racial divide persists

For months, Ferguson, Missouri, made headlines following officer Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown as the nation waited for a decision as to whether Wilson would be indicted. How can we account for the fact that there is racial divide within the community...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Commentary

Fact check on black-on-black crime

"Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We're talking about the exception here."— Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Nov. 23, 2014

Date: 11/26/2014 | 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

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

‘Hitler’s Order’ member loses child custody

FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man who said he was a member of “Hitler’s Order” has lost custody of his son after he argued the state made no effort to find a psychologist who was not Jewish.An appeals court labeled the man’s arguments “unpersuasive.”

Date: 11/08/2014 | Nation & World

Workers allege racism at Seattle tunnel site

SEATTLE — A group of African American workers is suing the companies hired to dig Sound Transit’s light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle, saying they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race.

Date: 09/23/2014 | Northwest

Sen. Cruz walks out after pro-Israel talk draws boos

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people.

Date: 09/11/2014 | Nation & World

Human Rights Commission leader passing baton

EVERETT — During her three years leading the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission, Meg Winch has helped the group define its role of educating the public and advising county officials.Proud as...

Date: 08/20/2014 | Local News

An ugly intruder invades perfection

The Confederate flag I spotted last week could have been darn near anywhere. It could have been in Everett, rural Snohomish County or on Whidbey Island. But it wasn't. It was flying from a house along...

Date: 08/13/2014 | Local News

Oregon police accused of misconduct in white supremacist investigation

David ”Joey” Pedersen wanted to start a white supremacist revolution, so he came up with a plan to massacre Jews in the Pacific Northwest in hopes of inspiring copycats.

Date: 08/06/2014 | Northwest

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