Category Archives: Washington

‘Serious work’ to do if blacks are to achieve well-being on par with whites in Washington

Education struggles among African-American students are well-documented. As are their higher poverty rates, heightened health risks and, among their families, lower home-ownership numbers. But typically, such data points come in isolation. A recent report attempts to connect the dots and give an up-to-the-minute portrait of African-Americans in Washington. About 280,000 black people live here, and… Read More »

Seattle officer who arrested black man carrying golf club as a cane fired for racial bias, confrontational manner: officials

The white Seattle officer who arrested an African-American man she claimed swung a golf club at her was fired Tuesday for her racial bias and combative approach, the city’s police chief said. Officer Cynthia Whitlatch drew an outcry when the video of the July 2014 arrest showed William Wingate, 69, doing nothing besides leaning on… Read More »

Rachel Dolezal Resigns As President Of Spokane NAACP

Rachel Dolezal, whose story sparked a national conversation over racial identity, is stepping down as the president of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In a message to the organization’s executive committee, Dolezal said her resignation is in the best interest of the NAACP. Dolezal made national news… Read More »

Hundreds Protest Police Shooting of Two Unarmed Black Men in Olympia

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Olympia, Washington, on Thursday night to protest a white police officer’s shooting of two unarmed black men suspected of shoplifting beer. The men survived the shooting, and the case was immediately turned over to outside investigators. About 400 people, waving signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” met at Woodruff Park, about… Read More »

Federal Probe Targets Uneven Discipline At Seattle Schools

The Education Department has launched an investigation into discipline rates in Seattle public schools. Students of color have long been punished in far higher numbers than white students in Seattle, but now the department’s Office for Civil Rights is looking at whether black students are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than white students for… Read More »

MLK parade bomber sentenced to 32 years in prison

A federal judge was not swayed by the last-ditch attempt from an Army veteran with extensive ties to white supremacists to change his guilty plea in a plot to bomb a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. Kevin Harpham said in court he only agreed to plead guilty to planting a bomb filled with poison-laced… Read More »

MLK parade bomber to be sentenced

A man with extensive ties to white supremacists will be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal charges he planted a bomb intended to hurl poison-laced shrapnel into marchers at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane last January. Kevin Harpham, 37, faces a sentencing range of 27 to 32 years in prison… Read More »

Seattle school officials find achievement gap between black immigrants, African Americans

A new look at test scores by Seattle Public Schools shows American-born black students lag behind black immigrants in academic achievement. The Seattle Times reports African-American students, whose primary language is English, perform significantly worse in math and reading that black students who speak another language at home. District officials are pledging to find out… Read More »