Just a couple of things that caught my attention this evening.
Dan Petegrosky at Blue Oregon brought up the report published by the Portland Urban League on ‘the social & economic condition of African Americans in Oregon.” The report was launched this morning in Portland.
It reviews the status of Black Oregonians in areas such as education, employment, housing, health, criminal justice and child welfare. The report reveals a persistent gap in the living standards between black and white Oregonians, which is growing wider as a result of the economic downturn.
The blog started by the Portland Urban League references two articles: The State of Black Oregon and an editorial written by Nikole Hannah-Jones with both articles sparking up ricocheting comments, along with the apparent prerequisite racist ones.
One of the more interesting comments was at Blue Oregon by ScubaDew, part of which is below:
I think it’s worth mentioning that, even though our state constitution was drafted with a amendment specifically forbidding slavery, it used to be literally illegal for blacks to live in Oregon.
I was taught a long time ago that the Constitution does not give us our rights but protects them. These rights have been determined by God and nature and no written law can change this.
More later when I untangle my brainwaves…..