January 21st, 2015

Life

Article on how Oregon was founded as a white Utopia

Important to read: Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia.
(I would like to note that it mentions consulting educator Walidah Imarisha. I know her better as the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, due out this spring.)

"America's history of racial discrimination is most commonly taught as a southern issue. That's certainly how I learned about it while going to Minnesota public schools in the 1980s and 90s. White people outside of the South seem to learn about the Civil War and civil rights movements from an incredibly safe (and often judgmental) distance.

Racism was generally framed as something that happened in the past and almost always "down there." We learned about the struggles for racial equality in cities like Birmingham and Selma and Montgomery. But what about the racism of Portland, Oregon, a city that is still overwhelmingly white? The struggles there were just as intense — though they are rarely identified in the history books."