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SCOTUS blesses rock band’s controversial name

Update: On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Slants, finding that the government cannot discriminate against groups based on their…

Sickness or safety? A new crisis for immigrants

Last month, the nurses, doctors, dentists, assistants, interpreters, and social workers of Odessa Brown Children's Clinic listened as their boss, Dr. Jeff Sperring, echoed what many had…

Black Student Union is back at Rainier Beach

While taking a leadership class at Rainier Beach High School, Grace Williams was looking into potential groups to lead or start. A black student union…

What’s it like to be undocumented and in the public eye?

When Jose Antonio Vargas arrived in Tacoma recently for a speaking engagement at the University of Puget Sound, he realized how he was only miles…

A Tax March, a Black Lives Matter rally take over downtown

It was a mid-April day for a pair of marches: the first, a demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns; the second, for…

Why white people can’t face up to racism

Robin DiAngelo grew up poor and white. But it was years before she realized that despite living in poverty, she still had privilege because she…

Rachel Dolezal: A lesson or a sideshow?

In her new memoir, In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World [282 pp. BenBella Books], Rachel Dolezal wastes little time…

Black Like Me: An artist explores the N-word

Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language throughout. The story is about an art piece that looks at the N word, one of the most…

In today’s headlines, echoes of our fascist past

This is the second of a two-part series about fascism in the Northwest during the 1920s and '30s. Read part 1 here. In 1936,William Dudley…

The Northwest’s uneasy relationship with fascism

“Fascism cannot be explained only in terms of fanaticism, the history of the places where it gains a lodging must be taken into account.” —Northwest…

The Northwest’s “Squaw” Problem

In Washington State, the current push to get the feds to change the name of Coon Lake and Coon Creek in the Cascades appears to…

Harry Belafonte on activism, unrest and the importance of making people squirm

You don’t miss someone like Harry Belafonte, 88, walking into a room — a long cane, svelte brown suit, bald head, kind eyes and sturdy…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

Hookah lounges: not the problem Seattle faces

Mayor Ed Murray’s announcement that the city is trying to close all of Seattle’s hookah lounges has created a wave of anger from civil right…

Black Lives Matter protesters were (mostly) right

Two activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement accosted Bernie Sanders on stage when he came to Seattle last Saturday. “We’d like the opportunity to…

The Weekend List: The funkiest party of Pride Weekend. The animals of painter Gaylen Hansen. Thai Curry Simple’s after-dark Pop Up

* Events that are $15 or less The Westerlies * They’re one of the most innovative quartets — two trombones, two trumpets — producing sweeping,…