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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:51 AM

Oregon - Its racial history

n 1844, all black people were ordered to get out of Oregon Country, the expansive territory under American rule that stretched from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains.

Those who refused to leave could be severely whipped, the provisional government law declared, by “not less than twenty or more than thirty-nine stripes” to be repeated every six months until they left

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... the act would become the first of three “exclusion laws” that shaped the Pacific Northwest, banning any additional black people from coming to Oregon Country. Those laws created what one African American professor calls “a very hostile environment” that has long made Oregon and its largest city, Portland, a stronghold for white supremacists like Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of killing two men and severely wounding another on a light-rail train last month.

Few people are aware of Oregon’s history of blatant racism, including its refusal to ratify the 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution

More on the sad history of Oregon and Portland in their treatment of blacks and why it is the stronghold of the Neo-Nazi movement:

http://extragoodshit.phlap.net/when-portland-banned-blacks-oregons-shameful-history-as-an-all-white-state/#more-511553

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:20 AM

1. Thanks for posting. Most don't know about this.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:21 AM

2. Oregon and Indiana at one point had the largest number of KKK's

outside of the south

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:24 AM

3. Its racist history.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:26 AM

4. There is a lot of self-selection in Oregon

People moved there because of its racist history and its reputation as a racist state


Meeting of the KKK in Portland in the 1920s. (Oregon Historical Society)

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:37 AM

7. They also moved up from California because it was

fairly open, with a lot of land and low population. And that made it fairly liberal.

Most of those who moved up were, of course, white. But that's because most of the counterculture in California in the '60s and '70s was white.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:26 AM

5. I didn't know that, thanks

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:31 AM

6. I went to Willamette University in Salem in 1968.

I had a black roommate. When we walked downtown people would yell
and flip us off. I learned a lot that year.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 10:40 AM

8. From the Oregon Constitution, Bill of Rights

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Article I Section 35.– No free negro, or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall come, reside, or be within this State, or hold any real estate, or make any contracts, or maintain any suit therein; and the Legislative Assembly shall provide by penal laws, for the removal, by public officers, of all such negroes, and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the State, and for the punishment of persons who shall bring them into the state, or employ, or harbor them.

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Repealed in 1926.

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Response to packman (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:22 AM

9. THANK YOU. I didn't know about this. As an SC resident, I am sick and tired of some people

acting like Southerners have cornered the market on racism. Hint: we don't and we never have.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:14 PM

10. Hmm

So the Freedom Riders were actually driving those buses north then?

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:24 PM

11. I said, Southerners haven't cornered the market on racism. Other states have racist incidents in

their past, and present, as well.

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