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Cultural Diversity | Spokane, WA
Cultural Diversity - Native American, African, Hispanic

Spokane welcomes diversity. 
Minorities are respected and valued for their contributions to our community. 

  • The world is full of diverse colors, faces, landscapes, cultures, religions, food, and languages; but we can respect the different ways we do things and the beauty of those differences.

  • If all countries were just like the United States of America, there would be no tulips in the Netherlands, no Alps in Switzerland, no giraffes in Africa, no Italian operas, no regional accents, no rice fields in China or its Great Wall of China, and no ruins in Mexico.  Fortunately, our marvelous world is rich in natural wonders and traditions. 
  • The many residents in Spokane vary widely in their clothing styles, parenting styles, artistic styles, religions and food preferences - but we can all share kindness, generosity, love and understanding.  We may prefer our native language, but we can all speak the language of love and caring. 
  • President Barak Obama spoke at a Washington school July 21, 2014, spoke regarding his initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.”  In speaking about improving the lives of boys and men of color, and said that despite cultural or racial differences, we are all one community.  “You know, sometimes African Americans in communities where I have worked, there’s been a notion of “acting white,” which sometimes is overstated, but there is an element of truth to it where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then “Why are you doing that?” or “Why are you speaking so properly?”  And the notion that there is some authentic way of being black, that if you are going to be black, you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that….that has to go.” 
Gayle King of CBS News also remarked:   I was one of those kids myself who was teased, “You’re such a white girl….why do you talk that way?….what’s wrong with the way you speak?”  My father used to say to me, “Talking proper English doesn’t have anything to do with color.  It has to do with being smart and saying the right thing,” and I have never forgotten that.  So, when I see President Obama saying this, I don’t think you can have that out there enough.”     CBS This Morning News, July 22, 2014

  • About 10% of Spokane's population are considered to be a minority group, differing in race, religion, or ethnic background from the majority of Spokane County's population. 

  • Racial diversity is increasing in Spokane County. 
    People who are White make up 86.1% of residents; 
    People who are Hispanic are the largest minority at 4.9%;
    People who are 2 or more races make up 3.2%;
    People who are American Indian or native Alaskans number 6,750, or 1.3%;
    People who are Black are 1.8%;
    People who are Asian are 2.3%;
    People who are Pacific Islanders are .33%;
    Other people make up .07%.

    In Washington State, 71.3% of the population of 6,899,123 are white; and 28.7% are other races. 
    Nationally, 62.7% of the population of 314,107,084 are white; and 37.2% are other races.  (Source:  "Racial Diversity Increasing Slowly," by Molly Quinn, The Spokesman-Review, and the U.S. Census, American Community Survey)
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Additional Resources

Interpreter Services
Larry Valadez

Spokane International Translation

104 S. Freya (Tapio Center)
Spokane, WA
(509) 327-8064
They provide oral or written interpreters and translations of 47 languages.  They serve the legal, medical and business community, offering to translate documents and providing interpreters.  They also aid in the communication process between people from a foreign country and the manner in which the United States functions.