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Patriot Prayer leader dislikes racists, but they seem to hear a whistle

Editor's note: Patriot Prayer said Friday afternoon that it is canceling a planned rally in San Francisco on Saturday for safety reasons, but authorities were…

‘Jim Crow’ no more in Washington

All of the "Jim Crow" names on Washington state’s map could be erased before the end of this year. On May 19, the state’s Committee…

Think you’re not a racist? Think again

Lola Peters' most recent book jumps into my mind almost every day. I’m trying to figure out or practice her provocative lessons about skin color,…

For white hires, OK is good enough.

Editor’s note: This is a slightly revised excerpt from the author’s 2015 book, The Truth About White People. Let’s start a discussion of racism in…

Politically correct maps: Damn right.

Changing place names is frequently cited by opponents of a new name as being a trivial pursuit, unworthy of the effort. But the debate that…

How the Nazis charmed Seattle

This is the second in a special series about the forgotten history of Nazis in the Northwest. Read Part 1 here. “[B]e proud, all of…

When Nazis walked the streets of Seattle

“There is no organized mistreatment of Jews in Germany.” -- Seattle Times editorial, March 28, 1933 In 1936, a heroic University of Washington crew team…

Best of 2015: The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

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…

Black Lives Matter: A local prosecutor’s lesson from the ’70s

In 1971, 32-year-old King County Prosecutor Christopher T. Bayley visited my high school to encourage my class to consider careers in law and public service.…

Getting to The Nutcracker’s Land of Sweets, together

Kiyon Gaines doesn’t fit the mold of a ballet dancer. He’s compact and muscular, not long and lean like the stereotypical danseur, the French term…

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…

Park Service comes around: Racist name must go

The National Park Service, responding to pressure to rectify an historical wrong, announced Thursday that it is recommending that the federal government finally follow the…

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…

Taking a stand with Seattle teachers for students, equity

The Seattle teachers’ strike of 1985 may have been the best weeks of my life. Facing the start of third grade, the strike felt like…

Racism and the public lands: the case of Coon Lake

President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of the official name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has reawakened interest in the longtime dispute over whether we…

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…

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 untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. The legacy of the Civil War is in the…

Why Seattle needs to talk about race

This is the first in a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. When protesters Marissa Janae Johnson and Mara Jacqueline Willaford…