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White Supremacy in Oregon: History and Current Issues

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St Andrew Community Center

9th Avenue and Alberta St.

Portland, OR 97211

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Description: Six week course on Friday evenings Jan 25 - March 1 from 7 to 9pm

Despite Oregon’s progressive and forward-thinking reputation, our history tells another story – indeed, many refer to Oregon as the South of the North, as we have historically embraced segregation, exclusion and displacement. Now, the disparities between communities of color and white people are extreme. Participants in this course will spend six weeks delving into our state’s history and our current realities. We will collectively build an understanding of how Oregon’s whiteness, historically and today, has functioned, an understanding that will help us move forward to develop a better future for us all. Typically each evening will include 90 minutes of history and 30 minutes of small group reflection and discussion of current race issues. Coffee, tea & cookies will be served.

This six week course is being offered to all St. Andrew parishioners and members of Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good and The Interfaith Alliance on Poverty. Friends of member organizations are also welcome. Donations will offset the cost of offering the course and any profit will benefit the St. Andrew Community Center.

Facilitator: Kristin Teigen, MA, M.Ed. is an educator at Portland State University, where she teaches the history of communities of color in Oregon and issues of women’s homelessness. She’s also an anti-oppression activist, having worked in feminist, queer and people of color movements.

Please note that this is a six-week course, meeting on January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, and March 1.

Week One: What is Race, anyway? We will explore how race as a construct, including whiteness, came to be in the United States. We will also look at the many manifestations of racism as it permeates our society, including our own impressions of Portland and its culture. We will also look at how some movements for change, including the feminist movement, have excluded people of color.

Week Two: Early exclusions and genocide - How was Oregon founded? Who were the first white people here? We will explore the early days of the Oregon Territory and the first years of statehood, and look at the ways Oregon's pioneers intended the state to be a white utopia.

Week Three: Segregation, Hate Groups and Deportations – As communities of color entered Oregon in greater numbers, how did many white Oregonians respond? We will examine the birth of segregation in Oregon, hate groups like the KKK, as well as the first of several catastrophic deportations in the state.

Week Four: World War II and its Aftermath – World War II and the years immediately following transformed people of color communities in Oregon. This week, we will explore Vanport, Japanese Internment, Native American Termination, Latinx Deportations and more.

Week Five: Displacements, and Portland at the Crossroads Following World War II, and throughout the remainder of the 20th century, people of color continued to face displacements and disregard. At several points, Portland found itself at the crossroads, facing a choice of either centering communities or continuing patterns of white supremacy. We’ll explore these moments, with an emphasis on how they’ve created our communities today.

Week Six: Current disparities, conditions and issues We will look at the current disparities between communities of color and white Oregonians, looking at each community and unique characteristics of each. We will also explore select issues that have affected and continue to affect communities of color in our city, including housing, transportation, education, policing and more.

Directions and Parking: The Community Center is located behind St. Andrew Catholic Church (806 NE Alberta St). Enter parking lot from either 8th or 9th Avenue.



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St Andrew Community Center

9th Avenue and Alberta St.

Portland, OR 97211

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