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Monday, November 15, 2010

Local Color

Local Color

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Not sure where I've been the last 53 years...a lot of this is new to me. Growing up white in small town eastern Oregon, I was insulated from racial conflict. I could easily imagine legal segregation and popular discrimination and violent hate happening far, far away, but not at all in my home state of Oregon.

This video is about ten years old now, but this is the first I've heard of it. I regret my ingnorance. I regret being ignorant of the dark truth of Oregon's social and political heritage. But, better late than never.

One of the statements captured in the video still echoes in my mind: "For life to get better for the blacks in Oregon, whites had to change."

For me, experiencing this video is a part of that change.