paxton - I throw the "racist" label around to comments like your first one because attempting to silence any acknowledgement of historical (or modern) racism is a common tactic for racists. It ends up sounding like the "Well why isn't there a WHITE history month?" bullshit.
I've only been here six years but that's been plenty of time to have watched gentrification happen on Mississippi and Alberta. I don't know why you or "OnlySanePerson" thinks that an article on Oregon's history doubles as a denial that racial displacement has happened and is happening.
The rest of Oregon is even whiter than Portland, and that's with consistent growth in Oregon's black population since WWII (0.2% in 1940, 0.8% in 1950, 1.8% in 2010). Gentrification does partially explain Portland's lack of racial diversity, but it's not like yuppies and hipsters have been pushing up real estate prices in Molalla or Elgin. Oregon's history IS a major factor in its lack of diversity today. It's not the ONLY reason, but to get into what's happened to Albina is likely a much bigger, murkier article.
And thanks for the article Joe. I grew up hearing the history mostly of "Racist South vs. Not Racist (but definitely still racist) North", with references to Bleeding Kansas and other struggles in the Midwest, but the West Coast was unheard of in history.
And though ill paxton's comment was remarkably stupid - I think I will go read look for more information on Portland's Asian population. It seems quite small for a West Coast city, especially the Chinese population.
No ill paxton, you're not a racist devil for being born white. You might be a racist devil for treating an article talking about Oregon history as a personal attack and resenting any sort of talk about black people or racism.
Go to bed. Your durnk.
Will every sketch on Portlandia still revolve around one joke repeated ad nauseum? Maybe one where Fred Armisan makes silly faces or talks in a goofy voice?
Don't be a dick, Derek!
"Hey mom, yeah I'll get to the hospital right away, just as soon as I pay my bill. I hope dad's okay...god where is that bartender?"
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