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Re: “Healing Forward

Spokane Bob: Where is that Aryan Nations group now?

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Posted by ptleahy on 06/28/2015 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Formula For Losing

Jack Z needs to go if the team is to win.

Posted by ptleahy on 06/28/2015 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Healing Forward


When monkeys in a zoo hurl their feces at people who get too close, the monkeys are expressing themselves to the best of their abilities. But the only thing they're teaching people is to keep a proper distance from nasty little creatures. Good for you for expressing yourself to the best of your ability, but you don't have a strong enough arm to reach me.

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Posted by muddydog on 06/28/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Healing Forward

Why should an entire city feel some sort of remorse or self-doubt for the failings of self-serving race baiters? This woman was a fraud and fifteen minute background check or decent Google search would have discovered it. She was/is adored by the "Inlander" because she helps stereotype people and spreads dissent and hate to forward their agenda. The only "hate crime" that ever occurred, was a white woman filing false police reports by the dozen against innocent people.

If anything, this woman is a fine example of all that is wrong with the political left. She is a shining example of what happens when the left goes to any extreme to spread a message of lies in the face of cold hard facts. Democrats do more to ruin the lives of minorities now than they did in when they fought segregation, fought civil rights and fought to keep their slaves.

White guilt? Try "democrat guilt" for a change, they formed the KKK, the killed Lincoln for freeing millions of Americans from bondage, they fought civil rights in the 1960's and shot JFK.

America is not racist in spite of the prostrations of the ignorant. Requiring hygiene, the ability to read, write and speak clearly and some form of skills or abilities for a job is not racism. Social skills are required in a functioning society. Blaming "whitey" for your failure in school, drug use or bad parenting is simply an excuse. More people of color have achieved greatness, success, wealth and improved their quality of life in America than all of the other countries on earth combined.

On the flipside, more people of color have been reduced to generational poverty by welfare, social programs and failed liberal educational plans than can easily be counted. Democrats have all but destroyed minority families with programs that only support single parents, bankrupting single fathers with draconian support laws and programs that require abject poverty from those they promise to help. You promise help, but only for those who promise to stay at the bottom.

Want an easy example? $15 per hour for dead end jobs. You do not promise to increase industry, improve the economy, create jobs, teach skills or trades. You promise that is they stay in dead end, loser jobs and avoid trying to sneak into the liberal middle classes, they will make decent money mopping your floors and slinging McNuggets at your kids.

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Posted by whocares on 06/28/2015 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Healing Forward

Oops! Muddy dog got schooled and so he changes the topic and puts words in his critic's mouth. Typical.

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Posted by Megan Piase on 06/28/2015 at 1:48 AM

Re: “Healing Forward


Your comments suggest that dogma is an opinion that you don't share, and that it is ignorant to think critically. Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Have you found that to be true? You also seem to have a lot of anger. Do you think that anger should be part of a person's character?

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Posted by muddydog on 06/27/2015 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Healing Forward

No Muddy, the real question here is how YOU define racism since you apparently think it either doesn't exist, or at least doesn't exist in American cities as the article points out. As much as I'd like to, I'm not your personal anti-racism coach. I'm more concerned about your ignorant statements being allowed to go unchecked in a public forum.

I'm fine with starting from the dictionary definition of racism. If you are genuinely curious perhaps you should look it up sometime so you don't come off as an ignorant right-winger in internet conversations.

To your other questions: No, No, Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes except Asians can't be racist towards whites when white people are the systematically privileged group, as in America. Oh but privilege, you probably don't think that exists either do you? People of color can discriminate against people who are white, but that discrimination is not backed up by a racist logic that is present in American institutions and society at large. Read some articles on why so-called "reverse racism" is a fallacy.

You must be pretty sick or damaged to suggest that racism is inherent to humanity. Please, speak for yourself only. Anyone who has spent time with children and has contemplated how they learn racism from adults in a racist culture knows that racism is a social behavior, not a genetic inevitability. There are many examples around the world of people not being subject to the racial constructs that we are unfortunately drowning in here in America.

I bet you think poverty is inevitable too, right? Those poor people bring it on themselves - there is nothing we can do! How convenient! How nice it must be for you to absolve yourself of any social responsibility. How good it must make you feel to go around preaching these deceptive assertions to others and have them righteously jump on your bandwagon.

But for reals, ignoring or denying a problem does not solve it. In fact it makes it worse. Look up why colorblindness actually reinforces racism and maybe you (or at least other less dogmatic readers) will come to understand this.

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Posted by Alice on 06/27/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Healing Forward


How do you define racism? Is it only white on black? Can it include black on white? Brown on black? Black on brown? Any of the foregoing on yellow, or yellow on any of foregoing? Different shades of any combination of these? Maybe racial intolerance is an unfortunate characteristic of humans regardless of their race, creed or color. Perhaps we should turn our attention to the content of our character and not the color of our skin.

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Posted by muddydog on 06/26/2015 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Healing Forward

Thank you for posting this meaningful peace towards healing. "While there is a bothersome strain of "Spokane nice" among professional circles, the kind of generosity and concern that Dolezal generally benefited from in our community is actually a strength to be proud of, not a weakness to root out.

Ultimately, only Dolezal can take responsibility for her actions. No amount of personal doubt or collective grief around false narratives of Spokane can absolve her of the need to provide the accountability our community deserves." Well said.

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Posted by Kelly Rae Mathews on 06/25/2015 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Healing Forward

Speaking years ago about the Aryan Nation next door, a black friend of mine asked, "if that was an armed camp of black militants, don't you think they would have eliminated long ago?" Got it.

We all grow up with blindsides and prejudices. Whispers we hear and silence we listen to carry stories. I grew up in a family where my blue collar Dad once remarked "I don't have anything against black people, I even had one who was once a friend." He meant no offense, but there was an underlying message of otherness.

First we notice, then we can begin to come into a deeper harmony

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Posted by Spokane Bob on 06/25/2015 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Healing Forward

Muddy - either you are in a deep denial or woefully ignorant. Do you even know what racism is? Start here:

Now that you understand the differences between individual, interpersonal, structural (or institutional) and systemic (or societal) racism, tell me where in America none of these exist and I will move there! LOL

Different scientific studies have shown unconscious racial biases in a majority of the population, and disparities in education and income and incarceration show the outcomes of structural racism in institutions which shape society at large. Sorry to break it to ya buddy, but America has a racism problem and a big part of it is deniers like you.

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Posted by Alice on 06/25/2015 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Healing Forward

So American cities are presumptively riddled with racism and white guilt? Based on what evidence, pray tell?

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Posted by muddydog on 06/24/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “The Rachel We Knew

Fake reporter for fake paper.

Posted by billsomm2000 on 06/24/2015 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Experiments Gone Wrong

Of course people need to work. I never said they didn't. That is a false argument that you've created to knock down (straw man).

What I said is that some people will never be able to rise up out of poverty because of the situations in which they are born into. The realities of today are not what they were 30 or 40 years ago (or more), and social mobility is being hampered to the point of almost non-existence for many. The system is designed to basically keep people in the class they are born.

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Posted by Doc on 06/21/2015 at 8:53 AM

Re: “The Rachel We Knew

What integrity...what courage. Dolezal's background and personal racial attacks have been questioned for several years in CDA and Spokane-glad the INLANDER could finally join the national press in their coverage. If we're lucky they might even share their latest scoop on Mayor James West...

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Posted by HarryHay on 06/20/2015 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The Rachel We Knew

As I posted in your other article ...I enjoy reading the Inlander and often because it does in-depth reporting w/o an agenda. While I agree with others here that this is a good article, this is the 2nd time the Inlander appears to be trying to take/hold the high ground, with this ... "By Monday, she'd been fired as an Inlander freelancer..." as if that was the 1st blow - which is not true.
Credit goes to the CDA Press and KXLY's Jeff Humphrey and others who did not have Ms. Dolezal writing articles for them for shining the spotlight on this ever unfolding fraud!

Ted & staff - YOU WERE TAKEN by the mirage Ms. Dolezal projected JUST LIKE everyone else. She became "a leading voice on racial issues in the Inland NW at least in part because YOU & OTHERS gave her a voice, forum and credibility without fully vetting her and verifying her "credentials" ... that's the truth

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Posted by ts52 on 06/18/2015 at 2:41 PM

Re: “The Rachel We Knew

She has mental issues like alot of people who date interracially do.

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Posted by john on 06/17/2015 at 7:36 PM

Re: “The Rachel We Knew

I am a female, (mostly) white longtime ACLU member who doesn't necessarily agree with the ACLU on everything: for example, "transgender" rights, which seem to have entered mainstream dialogue in the region where I live within the last five years. I agree that Rachel D.'s behavior was deceptive and ethically wrong, possibly even pathological, but. . .now that some consider sexual identity elective, should we really be surprised that others think racial/ethnic identity is elective as well?

Personally, I think being "transgender" and "transracial" are denial at best, BS at worst: we are what we are. As a (mostly) white female child, I was well aware that males had more social advantages than females; even though I had some "tomboy" tendencies, I also KNEW that, like it or not, I was female. I admired my father's thick black-brown hair and deep summer tan, but because my mother is very white, I was a child with boring medium-brown hair and a medium summer tan, lacking my father's dark good looks and the "blond beauty" of a neighbor girl and most fairy-tale princesses and dolls. At 13 I wanted a long Afro and at 14 I got one. . .for a few days, until I washed the professional perm that had cost several weekends' worth of babysitting pay and the curls relaxed into waves.

To be a white girl with the lightest of olive skins (whose only real claim to any ethnic identity is in the relative "coarseness" of most of her facial features compared to many other white girls), straight medium-brown hair, and the ability to lose weight but the inability to ever flatten her stomach muscles means you will always be considered plain, even ugly.

We are what. . .and who. . .we are.

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Posted by TransHuman on 06/17/2015 at 5:19 PM

Re: “A Nutty Gun Policy

Concealed handgun license holders are the most law abiding citizens in this country -- they are not the ones you should fear. Only 0.02% of concealed handgun license holders commit a crime ( That's 2 out of 10,000.

Concealed handgun license holders are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent offenses than the general public and 13.5 times less likely to be arrested for non-violent offenses than the general public. Same source...

Your arguments are false and only based on your perception or feeling that everyone who has a gun is a criminal or a loose cannon.

NEWS FLASH - Gun free zones ONLY stop law abiding citizens from carrying there, NOT the criminals. Note how mass shootings happen regularly in gun free zones. Your arguments are false and not found on any statistic to back it up.

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Posted by D-Man on 06/16/2015 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Rebuilding Citizenship

George Nethercutt is attempting to do more for this district than any previous out of office Congressman in the history of the 5th Congressional District. He develops and creates strategies to protect freedom by creating vehicle products such as the Nethercutt Citizenship tournament. Nothing wrong with the product, something is wrong with the culture of not being involved in something so fundamentally important. His facebook page continually attempts to bring history to the locals around town and ask for opinions. Nethercutt wrote a book about the history of music in America.

Last time I checked, americans read media at a 5th grade reading level. Every paper, magazine, and article is written at a 5th grade reading level in order to meet the needs of all social and economic classes. It's true that people around town are losing their ability to read and comprehend American History and the rule of law because they are smoking too much pot! I've never seen a man cross the isle the way George does to actually write articles in a magazine that makes the majority of its marketing buys from the pot industry, which is most likely counter to what he believes in.

Alan McDowell

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Posted by Alan McDowell on 06/16/2015 at 7:08 PM

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