“Portland is ranked the whitest major city in America. Six percent of residents are black.”
Being black in Portland
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“Portland [OR] is White by design. It not only excluded Blacks from moving here, but wrote the exclusion in its Constitution. …before the Civil War, Oregonians adopted—at three different times—Exclusion Laws that simply made it illegal for a Black Person to come to & live in Oregon.”
The interviewer talks to a group of Black tourists from Philly who, they report, would not hesitate to move here, but I must note: it’s one thing to visit knowing you can & will return to your Community, and another thing entirely to live & work in this town. I’ve spoken to many a PoC Transplant to this town who is frustrated & disheartened by the “under the table” racism they/we experience here.