The "Portlandia" image -- of 1990s slackers driven by liberal ingenuity -- isn't entirely true to the city's history, says former professor Randy Blazak.
SOURCE: USA Today
Christopher McKnight Nichols, who teaches history at Oregon State University and splits time between the school’s base in Corvallis and Portland, said the long trail of discrimination in Oregon informed the protests in a liberal city long known for its activism.
SOURCE: NY Times
Republican state senators in Oregon have disappeared this month in an attempt to block a vote on climate change legislation. Minority parties have resorted to similar stunts for generations. One sure result: More division.
by Carl Abbott
It was that Oregon in the 20th century was still the Wild Wild West where anything goes.
SOURCE: Ashland Daily Tidings
Stories of modern racism were shared at an event, called “Living with the ghosts of our past,” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the Fair Housing Act.
Several place names in eastern Oregon include the word “squaw,” which Native Americans say is offensive. An effort to change the names has been long and difficult.
by Matt Novak
When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there.
SOURCE: Mail Tribune
Southern Oregon University archaeologists will return to Jacksonville next month to conduct more excavations at the old Chinese Quarter.
SOURCE: The Oregonian
MANZANITA -- Somewhere off the coast of Manzanita rest the bones of a galleon from the Philippines, wrecked on the rocks around 1700 as it left Manila laden with goods destined for Mexico.That's the legend told here for centuries, but the saga isn't just empty words. For as long as the tale's circulated, Native Americans, settlers and even modern-day beachcombers have found the beeswax and porcelain to prove it.Now, a volunteer group of students, archaeologists and historians calling themselves the Beeswax Wreck Research Project is hoping to get one step closer to finding the ship when they set out to sea later this month with equipment that may zero in on the galleon's location....
SOURCE: Fox News
Despite strong opposition from local residents, an Oregon school board voted unanimously to drop a high school’s “Redskins” name and mascot after nearly ninety years.Dozens of students and community leaders crowded into Port Townsend High School’s auditorium late Monday and told the Port Townsend School Board they wanted to keep the mascot. Those comments angered Frank Boushie, a Native American who moved to Washington state three decades ago, Q13Fox.com reports.“It was so racist in there, it was unbelievable,” he said. “They just don’t get it.”...
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