Portland Mercury/Sarah Mirk win Pulitzer for "Its Not About the Bikes"! Well, of course, they have not. But, perhaps they should, particularly if they followed up with a series of articles. Ms. Mirk has touched the nerve, and uncovered and writen about the secret that is Portland's dysfunctional and racist past. And now the question that is raised after the publication of Ms. Gordon's essay "Bleeding Albina" (which should be required reading, Ms. Mirk is correct) and after the publication of Ms. Mirk's and the Portland Mercury's article - do we get mad? - or do we get even? And by we, I do not mean me (I am a middle aged white boy) - I mean those who have grown up in Portland and been denied priviledge and promise. I vote for get even. One of the great legacies of Mr. Carl Talton has been about how to get even. The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood's Economic Devellopment series quietly set the tone and path for "getting even" in the first of their series of Forums which featured Ms. Gordon and Mr. Talton (and "the Mayor" of North Portland). Now, if we can just encourage wonderful, young, promising journalists such as MS. Mirk, and her supporting publication the Mercury to follow-up - keep up the good work, and help us stay connected with the promise and the path by illustrating and holding up our past, encouraging our current efforts and keeping us honest in the process. Here is to Ms. Mirk, the Portland Mercury and the Fourth Estate! A Pulitzer, please!
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