Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia

Matt Novak, Gizmodo, January 21, 2015

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon’s founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.

Waddles Coffee Shop in Portland, Oregon was a popular restaurant in the 1950s for both locals and travelers alike. The drive-in catered to America’s postwar obsession with car culture, allowing people to get coffee and a slice of pie without even leaving their vehicle. But if you happened to be black, the owners of Waddles implored you to keep on driving. The restaurant had a sign outside with a very clear message: “White Trade Only — Please.”

It’s the kind of scene from the 1950s that’s so hard for many Americans to imagine happening outside of the Jim Crow South. How could a progressive, northern city like Portland have allowed a restaurant to exclude non-white patrons? This had to be an anomaly, right? In reality it was far too common in Oregon, a state that was explicitly founded as a kind of white utopia.

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The small number of black people already living in the state in 1859, when it was admitted to the Union, were sometimes allowed to stay, but the next century of segregation and terrorism at the hands of angry racists made it clear that they were not welcome.

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Today, while 13 percent of Americans are black, just 2 percent of Oregon’s population is black.

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The question of whether Oregon should allow slavery dates back to at least the 1840s. The majority of Oregonians (which is to say the territory’s new white residents who were systematically and sometimes violently oppressing its Native peoples) opposed slavery. But they also didn’t want to live anywhere near anyone who wasn’t white.

Even before it was a state, those in power in Oregon were trying to keep out non-white people. In the summer of 1844, for example, the Legislative Committee passed a provision that said any free black people who were in the state would be subject to flogging if they didn’t leave within two years. The floggings were supposed to continue every six months until they left the territory. That provision was revised in December of 1845 to removed the flogging part. Instead, free black people who remained would be offered up “publicly for hire” to any white person who would remove them from the territory.

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In fact, 172 of the document’s [Oregon constitution’s] 185 sections were directly plagiarized from the constitutions of other states like Ohio and Indiana.

The original parts? As David Schuman explains in his 1995 paper The Creation of the Oregon Constitution, they fell into two camps: limits on state spending and forms of racial exclusion. Somewhat ironically, the racial exclusion sections were included in an article called the Bill of Rights.

The constitution was put to a popular vote in the state in 1857 and included two referendums that were to be voted on independently. The first was whether they should reject slavery. Roughly 75 percent of voters opted to reject the adoption of slavery. The second measure was whether or not to exclude black people from the state. About 89 percent of voters cast their vote in favor of excluding black and mixed race people from the state.

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As one “pioneer” voter who would later become a Republican state senator and a member of the U.S. House explained at a reunion in 1898:

Some believers in the doctrine of abstract human rights interpret this vote against admission of free negroes as an exhibition of prejudices which prevailed agains the African who was not a slave, but I have never so regarded it. It was largely an expression against any mingling of the white with any of the other races, and upon a theory that as we had yet no considerable representation of other races in our midst, we should do nothing to encourage their introduction. We were building a new state on virgin ground; it’s people believed it should encourage only the best elements to come to us, and discourage others.

This language about virgin ground and “the best elements,” burned into law in the new state, was used as a recruitment tool for other white Americans in the latter half of the 19th century — many of whom were white “refugees” from the south who were fleeing the dissolution of slavery.

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Technically the state’s exclusion laws were superseded by federal law after the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted. But Oregon had a rather complicated relationship with that particular Amendment. Having ratified it in 1866, the state then rescinded its ratification when a more racist state government took control in 1868. The move was more symbolic than anything, but Oregon gave the sign that it wasn’t on board with racial equality. Astoundingly, it wouldn’t be until 1973 (and with very little fanfare) that activists would get the state to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment yet again.

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Though Asian people were not specifically called out in Oregon’s constitutional exclusion laws, the white people of many towns large and small did their best to drive out non-white people any time they got the chance.

As just one example, the white people of La Grande burned that city’s Chinatown to the ground in 1893. The Chinese residents fled, with some people getting on the first train out.

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These efforts were decentralized and not officially sanctioned by the state.

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The Golden West Hotel was unique in that it was owned, operated, and exclusively patronized by black people in Oregon. It was the only place that black people from out of town could rent a room, and it was the central hub of black entertainment, recreation, and dining in Portland.

First opened in 1906, Portland authorities continually tried to shut down the place on trumped up charges of prostitution, gambling, and later for not having the “proper licenses.”

When the owners of the Golden West were forced to plea for their license back in 1921 they “pointed out that the hotel and club was practically the only place in the city where negroes could congregate.”

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The arrival of the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon was swift and terrifying. In 1922 the Klan in Oregon boasted membership of over 14,000 men, with 9,000 of them living in Portland. And they were setting the state aflame. There were frequent cross burnings on the hills outside Portland and around greater Oregon.

The Klan held meetings, openly participated in parades, and held enormous gatherings for initiation ceremonies. One such gathering in 1923 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem attracted over 1,500 hooded klansmen. They reportedly burned an enormous cross, of course.

As David A. Horowitz explains in his book Inside the Klavern: The Secret History of a Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, the entire state was being terrorized. And politicians at every level of government from the state to county to city officials were involved. In 1923, Oregon governor, Walter M. Pierce, and Portland mayor George L. Baker, attended and spoke at a dinner in honor of Grand Dragon Frederick L. Gifford’s birthday.

Both the governor and mayor would later claim that they didn’t know the event was sponsored by the Klan.

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The August 2, 1921 issue of the Portland Telegram included a photo of Portland city and Multnomah county officials with two Klan members. The mayor of Portland, George L. Baker, is third from the right and the police chief, L.V. Jenkins, is third from the left.

The Telegram was one of the few newspapers in Oregon to openly oppose the Klan at the height of its power in the state. Despite being owned by white Protestant men, the newspaper’s adversarial stance against the Klan’s terrorism brought concerted campaigns to boycott businesses that advertised in the paper. The paper hemorrhaged thousands of readers and when it folded in 1933 many reportedly blamed the Klan’s efforts.

The Klan themselves counted men like Governor Pierce as members in secret minutes obtained in 1968 from the estate of a former state legislator. Colon R. Eberhard died at the age of 86 and while his personal papers were being processed, a folder of over 200 pages of KKK meetings in Oregon was discovered, dating from 1922 until 1924. Those pages weren’t handed over to the Oregon Historical Society until 1980.

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But the Klan’s presence in Oregon was far from a secret, even in the 1920s. Not only were the hooded cowards meeting with law enforcement, they were advising them on what they’d like to accomplish — all while getting their picture in the newspaper. As the Telegram would report, the Portland police department was “full to the brink with Klansmen.”

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People of color were naturally a target for the Klan during this period, but with so few people to irrationally hate for the color of their skin, they turned to campaigns against other groups like Catholics. The Klan, being for American-born Protestants, hated the Roman Catholic church and any of its followers.

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Of course, the discrimination didn’t stop after the decline of the Klan. White restaurants still wouldn’t serve black people in Portland, black people weren’t allowed in the city’s swimming pools, and the local skating rink set aside a day for black people. This was as late as the early 1960s.

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The segregation in Portland was as stark as anything in the Jim Crow-era South. And Portland’s bizarre dearth of black people (bizarre to outsiders who were unaware of the climate) really came to a head during World War II, when an influx of black workers came looking for the plentiful jobs offered by the Kaiser Shipyards.

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The company worked with the city to create Vanport, an enormous new housing development halfway between Vancouver, Washington and Portland — thus the name Vanport.

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Oregon today still exists as a white utopia in some respects. The state, much like so many others, is haunted by the residue of less explicit experiments in whitopia. These experiments form the basis of Rich Benjamin’s 2009 book Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.

In it, Benjamin travels the country, visiting places that are overwhelmingly white. He meets fascinating characters along the way, and helps to explain places like Oregon and how the actions of the 19th and 20th century bleed into the 21st.

From Searching for Whitopia:

Through most of the twentieth century, racial discrimination was deliberate and intentional. Today, racial segregation and division often result from habits, policies, and institutions that are not explicitly designed to discriminate. Contrary to popular belief, discrimination or segregation do not require animus. They thrive even in the absence of prejudice or ill will.

It’s common to have racism without “racists.”

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  • Dave4088

    I wonder how long before the Oregon governor issues an apology to non-whites, invites third worlders to settle in the state and institutes a wealth transfer program to them to atone for this grievous historical wrong?

    • William Hinkle

      The governor and his ‘wife’ are both ‘amish’ as I recall. Not long ago there was a story about her in her college days marrying a black african so he could become a U.S. citizen – the statue of limitations for prosecution have passed.

  • RaymondWalnuts

    Too bad it changed in 1926…

    • propagandaoftruth

      The majority of Oregonians (which is to say the territory’s new white residents who were systematically and sometimes violently oppressing its Native peoples) opposed slavery. But they also didn’t want to live anywhere near anyone who wasn’t white.
      —————
      Sounds like they listened to Hinton Helper.

  • MekongDelta69

    It’s the kind of scene from the 1950s that’s so hard for many Americans to imagine happening outside of the Jim Crow South. How could a progressive, northern city like Portland have allowed a restaurant to exclude non-white patrons? This had to be an anomaly, right

    I LOVE it when brain-dead White leftoids get their panties in a bunch.

    Seriously…

  • David Ashton

    How did it manage during those years?

    • Jacobite2

      Then truth-that-may-not-be-spoken is that if businesses could make more money hiring or serving blacks, they’d have done so long ago — voluntarily.

    • Nancy

      So although there were fewer blacks for white Oregonians to “irrationally hate”, yet I’m willing to put money on the fact that violent crime, robbery, illegitimate births, widespread poverty, rape, and welfare scams were a fraction of what they are today, even after adjusting for population growth. ​ And random shootings, gangs, AIDS, dangerous schools, metal detectors, the Knockout Game, urban lootings, riots, plummeting property values, and blighted neighborhoods were pretty much nonexistent.

      Yeah, the “irrational” Klan was a scourge on the much-improved society we have today. I’m sure it was miserable for Oregonians to be able to send their kids to whichever school they chose, live wherever they chose, and work wherever they chose without having to worry about sketchy neighborhoods and violent schools. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t welcome blacks with open arms.

  • TruthBeTold

    Another ‘Search and Destroy’ mission.

    Oregon will now be forced to atone for its racist past. Programs and initiative will be demanded and implemented. The progressives will slowly come to see the wisdom of their Founding Fathers but it will only happen when they come face to face with increasing diversity.

    What made Oregon a heaven for White liberals will be crushed by having to live up to their liberal standards.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Oregon is full of white democratic liberals, quick to hate on Amren readers.
      Right now, they think their biggest threats are Sasquatch and Hexenbiests.

      • Rabbi Jamal X

        Wrong. The greatest threats to Oregonians are third-hand tobacco smoke and plastic shopping bags.

        • APaige

          Plus climate change, and the health store running out of red organic quinoa.

        • Nancy

          Hence the reason why we chose Utah (about 3% black) over Oregon (less than 2% black) for our Exit Strategy. I’d MUCH rather live among conservative Mormons than liberal dingbats.

          • Carney3

            No outlet to the sea. No escape if it really goes bad.

          • Nancy

            But look above Utah…a Whitopia, straight up to the Canadian border.

  • Jacobite2

    When my father bought his first house, in 1947, the VA required a race-restriction covenant on the deed, if legal in that State, to maintain property values. This wasn’t only race prejudice; it was straight-up reality — houses in black neighborhoods lost 3/4 of their value.

    • Nancy

      Really? The VA required it? Were they helping with the mortgage or something?

      That’s really cool…I never heard that before.

      • Jacobite2

        15 million American men suited up for WW II. Many served for 3 1/2 years. After they were de-mobbed, the Veterans Administration was able to lend vets the money for new homes. Underwriting all of these mortgages, they tried to keep taxpayers from ending up holding the bag, which meant making sure that payments were made, or, at least, that underlying home values didn’t fall. Restrictive covenants (can’t be sold to blacks), were a primary means of keeping home values high. So, the VA required them where possible. Those were the days when ‘white neighborhood’ didn’t just mean a development where home prices were so high that blacks couldn’t afford to buy there. After restrictive covenants were declared un-Constitutional under the 14th Amendment (the worst catastrophe in US history) whites were defenseless unless they were rich. That was REALLY throwing the middle class overboard.

    • Triarius

      Only 3/4? You can buy a house in Detroit for $1 now.

      • Jacobite2

        Well, whites left Motown 40 years ago. I’m talking about home prices falling by 3/4 the day after the block is broken.

        • Triarius

          3/4 in one day? Wouldn’t shock me.

          • Jacobite2

            My own parents lived through it 40 years ago, although their house dropped in value only about half the first year or so. It goes way faster these days, because of the schools.

    • Tarczan

      Shaker Heights, Ohio had the same deed restrictions until the 1930’s. Since then the darkies have been working their magic on the city.

      • Jacobite2

        Yes, that’s why they had restrictive covenants in the first place. They allowed blue-collar and middle-class whites to live in white neighborhoods. Once the freedom to sell your house to anybody you please was found to be un-Constitutional, Joe six-pack had to take another job and get his wife out on the bricks too, just to afford a house in the white suburbs (and in a school district without metal detectors), that might end up being invaded by third-worlders in 20 or 30 years (just when Joe hoped to retire). Life in post-WW II USA has been a slow-motion eviction of White Americans from their ancestral lands.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    “The question of whether Oregon should allow slavery dates back to at least the 1840s. The majority of Oregonians (which is to say the territory’s new white residents who were systematically and sometimes violently oppressing its Native peoples) opposed slavery. But they also didn’t want to live anywhere near anyone who wasn’t white.”

    The use of the word “but” here, meant to show that an apparent contradiction existed between the two positions Oregon’s settlers held, shows the author to not only be on the left side of the political spectrum but also the left side of the bell curve.

    The very reason slavery was opposed by most white settlers was because of the negative racial and economic factors it brought to a state. Slavery was a bad system for white laborers, much like waves of cheap-labor hispanic immigration is today. And having sensed the animosity and tensions in the South, Western settlers were wise to prevent the spread of poor black labor further around the country.

    Of course the contradictions don’t end there for our poor author. Having decried the existence of the Klan and the deep-seated white racism within the state of Oregon, he then proceeds to argue that segregated restaurants and public spaces caused further harm. Of course if white Oregonians of yesterday truly were the evil bigots and murderers they are made out to be, the safest thing for blacks and Chinese would be separation and distance from the dangerous whites.

    • Nancy

      Yet they never seem to be able to make that connection, do they?

    • Beowald

      The demand for cheap, slave labor helped transform the Roman Republic into an Empire. The demand for cheap, immigrant labor is working to do the same thing to the American Republic today, with ethnic cleansing of the founding stock as a bonus.

  • dd121

    A lot of whites in Idaho still feel that way. Wonder what would happen if you took a vote on it?

    • LexiconD1

      Idaho had pro-illegal alien rallies a few years ago.

      • dd121

        They probably washed in from California.

        • LexiconD1

          Try a bit further south. Google May day rallies in Idaho.

  • Who Me?

    Several things in this article sound very strange to me.

    “(T)he white people of La Grande burned that city’s Chinatown to the ground in 1893.”
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    I didn’t even know La Grande ever HAD a “Chinatown”. For one thing, it isn’t much more than a village even now. Wikipedia says: “The population was 13,082 at the 2010 census.” Obviously it had to be far less in 1893.

    and, this makes NO sense at all–
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    “The company worked with the city to create Vanport, an enormous new housing development halfway between Vancouver, Washington and Portland — thus the name Vanport.”
    Ummm, halfway between Vancouver WA and Portland, OR is in the middle of the damn Columbia River! The river is the state line, and both cities run right to (and into) the river’s edge on both sides for miles in either direction.
    I’ve lived and worked in both areas for several years each, and although I agree that Oregon has lovely green mountains and lots of lovely White people, these inaccuracies made me scratch my head.

    • R. Casimir

      Vanport was on marshy bottom land on the Portland side of the river, near where Portland International Raceway and the Convention center are now. It was destroyed in a flood. It did exist. The Portland City limit did not extend all the way there, at the time.

      • meanqueen

        Thanks for explaining. I had never heard of it and I live here.

        • Who Me?

          “I had never heard of it”
          Ditto, as shown by my post above. I lived there quite awhile and never heard of it.

    • Rabbi Jamal X

      Vanport’s real. Or it was. It washed away in a flood in the 50s or 60s.

  • JohnEngelman

    During the presidential campaign of 1860 Abraham Lincoln did not run on a platform dedicated to ending slavery in the South. The platform called for keeping slavery out of the free states and out of the territories.

    An important constituency in Lincoln’s coalition consisted of whites who wanted to keep slavery out of free states and the territories because they wanted to keep blacks out of those areas.

    For that same reason that constituency was opposed to abolition in slave states. If slaves were freed, many Negroes would move out of the South.

    • mikes2653

      Illinois, like Oregon, had a provision in its original state constitution forbidding the immigration of free blacks.

      • WR_the_realist

        Think how much more livable Chicago would be had Illinois kept that provision.

        • Augustus3709

          In 1900 Chicago was 98% White.

    • Nancy

      Don’t forget to mention, John, that he also was opposed to equal legal and societal rights for blacks, and supported the repatriation movement. Many whites would never have voted to abolish slavery if they thought the end-game was to make the black and white man equal.

      There are several direct quotes from Lincoln in the book “Negroes in Negroland” addressing that very subject:

      ““I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” ~Lincoln (debate with Stephen Douglas, 1858)

      • WoodyBBad

        I’ve read this quote many times, and wondered where the righteous indignation of blacks went in regards to Lincoln?

        • meanqueen

          They can’t read and the ones that can, don’t.

      • Awakened Saxon

        Nancy: Don’t forget to mention, John, that he also was opposed to equal legal and societal rights for blacks, and supported the repatriation movement.

        Lincoln did more than any US president up to his time in bringing about equal legal and societal rights for blacks. His ‘support’ for repatriation meant a few experiments in colonies and the return of the blacks to the US after the failure of the colonies. All the Lincoln quotes in the world (of which there are several endorsing racial equality) do not outweigh his actions. By 1865, there was no chance of removing the blacks. The Northern egalitarians had the momentum and the blacks felt empowered.

    • Awakened Saxon

      JohnEngelman: During the presidential campaign of 1860 Abraham Lincoln did not run on a platform dedicated to ending slavery in the South.

      Sure he did, and everyone knew it. He was just not honest enough to come out and say it. It’s not for nothing that he was called Abraham Africanus and his party was called the Black Republicans.

      • Carney3

        My sympathies on the legality of secession tend to be with the South, but there was a lot of Democratic demagoguery about Lincoln and the Republicans. The name-calling directed towards them falls short of being a convincing point. Lincoln may have intended, by firmly insisting that slavery is immoral, and by preventing its expansion, to place it on a course of ultimate extinction by helping to stigmatize it and perhaps hinder its economic effectiveness. But that extinction could only have come about as a result of the freely made decision of the Southern white electorate. Lincoln could not have been more clear that the federal government had no power to abolish slavery. You should read – actually read – the Cooper Union speech.

  • Bossman

    Indian tribes seem to have a lot of influence in the Northwest now. All the western states wanted to be slave-free states. This is what led to the Civil War.

    • Who Me?

      I’d like to see the supporting facts for this. Those of us who live here don’t see it.

  • superlloyd

    Are we meant to feel guilty for a saner time’s common sense and realism towards the white man’s burden?

  • Caucasoid88

    Today, while 13 percent of Americans are black, just 2 percent of Oregon’s population is black.

    What a travesty.

    • meanqueen

      I’m sure Obama is working on correcting that.

    • meanqueen

      Also, while I’m well familiar with this statistic, and while I have lived in the south among more “diversity” and should feel the whiteness of Portland more than I do – it just seems to me that there are still a lot of black people around and the ones that are here do cause a lot of the crime. When lefty yuppies started buying homes in inner Northeast Portland, the blacks started moving out, and went further east to invade the white suburb of Gresham. Now Gresham is trashed, between the white meth heads and the Africans. If you walk around trendy, gentrified NE Portland, the blacks remaining will give you the stink eye. I hate going over there and avoid it at all costs. They hate that whitey came and took over their hood, and don’t seem to appreciate that their own home value just went way up, beyond their wildest dreams.

    • Earl Turner

      Yeah it’s not fair at all. Why can’t the rest of us enjoy a reduction of the Basketball American population to just 2 percent?

  • mikes2653

    I have family in Oregon and have many times visited Portland, which is a famously liberal city. Even now it has a relatively small population of non-Asian minorities compared to other cities of similar size. It has pleasant residential neighborhoods, because there has been no “white flight.”

    The development of a necrotic central city populated by the poor, surrounded by a ring of middle- and upper-class suburbs, has never occurred in Portland. This is attributed by the locals to the state’s zoning policies, which set the minimum size of land parcels outside city limits very high – in some cases the minimum was 40 acres.

    I scandalized a liberal relative by pointing out that the political will to maintain such land-use regulations would have evaporated had there been a large number of blacks and Hispanics in Portland, bringing with them all the typical black/brown social pathologies. Portland is liberal because it can afford to be; it doesn’t have to deal with the typical consequences of liberalism as witnessed in (say) Chicago or Oakland.

    Liberal Portlanders tacitly acknowledge that they’d like it to stay that way, with their local slogan: “Don’t Californicate Oregon.” They just don’t want to be reminded of the ethnic and racial identities of those that have Californicated California.

    • LexiconD1

      In other words, they are hypocrites.

      • mikes2653

        At some level they are. I don’t know how conscious they are of it. The relative I mentioned seemed genuinely shocked by my observation. She could not deny its truth, but had never perceived matters to be as I could clearly see they were.

        Sometimes people are so close to the obvious that they cease to be aware of it, in the same way that one can become insensible to an odor by being exposed to it constantly. It takes someone from outside to call it to their attention.

        • pcmustgo

          I don’t see why clueless white liberals or white mainstreamers in Portland are any more clueless than white liberals in NY or wherever… it’s called a white bubble world, and even whites in some diverse areas are good at maintaining that- without even being aware of it.

    • pcmustgo

      I spent a summer in Portland many years ago. Portland IS a suburb if you ask me… it’s hardly “urban” , not compared to NYC. it has a very tiny downtown with “big buildings”.

      I worked at a large corporation there and it was clear to me my bosses were White Nationalists. In fact, it was one of the only times in my life I experienced anti-semitic bullying.

      Now every hipster on earth “retires” there after college.

      • meanqueen

        White Nationalist bosses, really?? I would be curious to know where you worked. I’ve lived here for almost 40 years and it has always been a libtard state. There is a leftist hatred of Jews (exceptions made for lefty Jews who vocally express hatred of Israel), Israel, bible-based Christianity and Christians, and anything “Bush,” but an enthusiastic embrace of Muzzies, trannies, homos, illegals, anarchists, hippies, homeless from CA, and the like. We actually moved to a rural area that is tolerable but I wish we could leave the state altogether. Can’t right now. I’m wondering if the anti-semitism you encountered was really due to the leftism and not WNism. I don’t think of downtown Portland as suburban, but some do call it a “big little town.” I think that’s an apt description.

        • meanqueen

          Sorry, I meant, SINCE I’ve been here, it’s been a libtard state. Obviously it didn’t used to be libtard, hence the article above.

      • Guest

        Most Oregonians are just “western” people. The liberals, LGBT types, and other assorted weirdos yell to get attention. The majority of the citizenry looks at them, mutters “whatever” and go on their way. So then the weirdos yell louder. Since most of the liberal trash are in the western 1/3 of the state, between the shore and the Cascade Mtn. range, (as in WA) they have the percentage numbers to make a lot of noise. They also control the votes. The eastern (inland) 2/3rds of both states are large, far more lightly populated, devoted mostly to agriculture and light industry, and from conservative to very conservative. The liberals you are always hearing about are mostly clustered in the Seattle-to-Portland greater metropolitan areas. You go very much north of the Seattle suburbs and you get into little mining and logging towns. They all look exactly the same. The same if you go very much south of the Portland area. It does rain all the time if you are west of the mountains. Seattle is a substantial deep-water port, and there is much water transportation of goods and people throughout the entire northwest area, east AND west, due to the many large rivers and their hydroelectric dams and port systems.
        There are very few liberals in the east sides, but at present we are outvoted by the idiots on the coast.
        The eastern sides of both states are composed of settled high valleys and rolling hills. A few substantial-size cities, but not overpoweringly large. Certainly nothing like the cities back east or in CA. Spokane, Yakima, Tri-Cities, in WA and a few of the same in OR. There is a HUGE wine industry, and all kinds of other agriculture on a grand scale. A few nuclear facilities, and other light industry. The climate is dry and mostly favorable, with a few cold days in the winter and a week or two of extremely (unbearably!) hot weather in the summer. This is not to say the northwest is some kind of utopia, although it is a lot better than a lot of places in the U.S. but it is nowhere the kind of “liberal paradise” that it is painted as being.

  • TL2014

    I’m moving there.

    • meanqueen

      Don’t. Portland is getting an influx of libtards from California, and it’s also a sanctuary state so we have tons and tons of Mexican illegals. There are also a lot of Muslims flocking to the state, as well as black gangbangers who got run out of LA by the Crips and Bloods. If you want to go to Oregon, go to Eastern Oregon.

  • The question of whether Oregon should allow slavery dates back to at least the 1840s. The majority of Oregonians … opposed slavery. But they also didn’t want to live anywhere near anyone who wasn’t white.

    As if those two things aren’t related.

  • pcmustgo

    So why was the Klan there then? How did they treat Native Americans? I had an Oreo black friend who lived in Portland, Oregon. He claimed to love Oregon because even the hillbillies there he said weren’t racist. He told me he loved it there cause it’s mostly white. He then lied to me about ever saying that, and said it needed more diversity. We had a falling out over Obama.

    Does this old Klan presence have anything to do with the White Nationalist movement there now? Did they pass on that type of thinking?

    Yes, Portland and Oregon… Odd mix of white liberals and White Nationalists…
    Olympia, Washington, across the bridge from Portland is totally ghetto/methed out poor white people… white trash.

    • Who Me?

      “Olympia, Washington, across the bridge from Portland…”
      I’m sure you meant to say VANCOUVER across the bridge, since that is where it is, and Olympia is nowhere near.

      • meanqueen

        I’m sure she meant Vancouver, also. Definitely a lot of meth heads there and it is the city across the bridge.

    • mikes2653

      The 1920s Klan was strongly anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic. Outside the South there were few blacks (their emigration to northern cities was a post-WWII phenomenon), so in northern states where the Klan had a presence, Catholics and Jews were its principal targets.

      The major political achievement of the Klan in Oregon was the passage of a compulsory public education statute that essentially outlawed Catholic parochial schools. This was litigated all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was overturned.

  • LHathaway

    If they think that is bad, wait till the trendy, progressive Oregonians vote for racial separation. You can’t get any more racist than that.

  • MG Huffman

    To the Leftist writing this article, wouldn’t the phrase ‘white utopia’ be an oxymoron? In using it is he telling us that even though homogenous European societies are superior, we can’t have them because it would be evil?

    • UncleSham

      Have you ever had a thought pop into your head that completely disgusts you, so you push it out of your mind as quickly as possible? I think that’s what happens to Leftists whenever they begin to ponder anything from the perspective of a White Nationalist. The propaganda that everyone is raised on today is designed to make pro-White thought seem inherently revolting, and I would guess that maybe about 20-25% percent of the White population buys into it completely. The author has most likely never thought about the benefits of an all White state because it would cause him immediate emotional trauma to do so.

      • MG Huffman

        It would be very eye-opening for them to go live in a black community, examine black students in a classroom, or pay a visit to Africa. Most liberals are just adult children who haven’t seen the world.

        • UncleSham

          All of those things are very beneficial for moderate Liberals, but the True Believers will blame any negative experience on YT. They are a lost cause.

  • IstvanIN

    Roughly 75 percent of voters opted to reject the adoption of slavery.
    The second measure was whether or not to exclude black people from the
    state. About 89 percent of voters cast their vote in favor of excluding
    black and mixed race people from the state.

    Those people were very sensible.

  • Reynardine

    The Dream of the 1890’s was Alive in Portland!

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Less blacks or non whites the better.

  • Imported negros…worst business decision in the history of mankind.

  • LexiconD1

    Most CA have left the state. I think CA has one of the biggest populations of foriegn born residents, or those born to foreigners (aka…illegals.) Natives are/have left in droves. I’m out of here next year.

  • B.A_2014

    If it was a state of evil racists, why would the diversity want to live there.

  • italian guy

    The lack of notions such as freedom of association or ethnicity and self determination is staggering, Whites need to be forced to share their wealth because otherwise it’s racism, what a moronic concept.

    Apparently the biggest aspiration in life for non-whites is to live among Europeans, not surprising really.

  • Randall Ward

    This article is incorrect; most of the northern states that fought to keep the southern states in the union had laws that did not allow blacks to move into the state or work in the state. Illinois had the law in its constitution. I believe some others did also. Blacks were not welcome in most states in the north. When Lincoln announced he would free the slaves (which he never did) there were riots in northern cities (the worst in NYC) and the army was angry about it.

    • mikes2653

      The great Virginia statesman John Randolph of Roanoke provided in his will for the posthumous emancipation of his slaves. Since free blacks by law could not live in Virginia, Randolph bought land in Ohio with the intention that they could move there and (he hoped) become self-sufficient small farmers. Shortly after they arrived, local citizens burnt down their houses and chased them out of the county. Such was the attitude of the people of that free northern state towards blacks!

  • KenelmDigby

    Actually, I believe the state of Indiana had a clause forbidding the entry of settlement of blacks, written into its founding constitution written early in the 19th century.
    Also, I think that a few other states did this.
    The wisdom of the framers of these constitutions is admirable.

  • Bartek

    White people deserve their own exclusive territory too.

    Every race has exclusive territory, except Whites.
    I’d settle for a reservation right about now.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Use Spencer’s phrase: an ethno-state on this continent.

      It’s a pretty good branding job he’s done.

  • William Hinkle

    An interesting article that fuels the hopes of an ever increasing number wanting to return the the social constructs of yesteryear and leave marxism in the trashcan where it belongs.

    I’m in the Portland area several times a year due to employment and frequent hotels – shops – restaurants in the Jensen Beach area, part of the old Vanport complex. It’s safe to say the business owners and managers mostly dread the moment whenever negroes show up.

  • Earl Turner

    Today, while 13 percent of Americans are black, just 2 percent of Oregon’s population is black.

    So what you’re saying is that there’s just not enough manure in that gallon of vanilla ice cream.

  • Jeff Traube

    The first Naturalization Law of 1790 restricted citizenship to white folks of good character for the entire country. It was consistent with insuring the Domestic Tranquility.

  • John Smith

    Too bad it never kept white-guilt liberal freaks out – it started going downhill from there.

  • Realist.44

    Okay, then tell me of one (1) single place ANYWHERE where blacks have improved the quality of life for all…waiting…….I see that the early Oregonians were quite farsighted indeed.

  • Gereng

    I’ve spent many years in Oregon, beginning in 1947. I love it here. I have never yet heard anyone say: “Gosh we really do need more colored people here, so we can be as happy as whites in California”. When I look at the rates of black and Hispanic crime in other states, I am quite happy to be in Oregon. Everyone else except for a handful of metrosexuals and gender confused ‘artists’ in the Portland-Salem area feel the same way.

  • Augustus3709

    The funny thing is, these emotionally crippled bleeding heart leftists see these historical pro-White exclusionary laws as some sort of tragic mark of shame from the dark shadows of an ugly past, where in reality, once our White societies are completely destroyed by non-Whites, wherever we wind up picking up the pieces, these laws will be required to be put back in effect, thus completing the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.