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Black History Month's special meaning in Oregon

Oregon is recovering from its shameful history of discrimination. But we have a long way to go.

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s important to remember our past so we can build a better future.

Did you realize?

  • Exclusion laws banned black people from settling in Oregon.
  • The state refused to ratify the 14th Amendment, granting citizenship to every person born in the U.S., and the 15th Amendment, giving black people the right to vote.
  • When Oregon became a state in 1859, it became a “whites-only” state.
  • In the 1920's, Oregon’s Ku Klux Klan membership was the largest west of the Mississippi.

You get the idea.

It’s our duty to to overcome the institutional barriers to equality that are woven into the fabric of our state.

Celebrating the many accomplishments and contributions that African Americans make in our community is important.

But, to truly move forward, we must strive to make Oregon a place where discrimination is eradicated, where people of color have a fair shot at the American Dream, and where parents do not have to have “the talk” with their black children about the dangers of police encounters.

Join me in the fight to make it right.

Ellen

Posted on February 19, 2018.
Oregon is a special place. As Attorney General, I am working hard to keep it that way for future generations of Oregonians.Oregon is a special place. As Attorney General, I am working hard to keep it that way for future generations of Oregonians.

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