Friday, March 7, 2008

Bigotry rearing its ugly head in Portland

I know that the news has been reporting a recent rash of hate/racist incidents but I don't really hear or see anyone talking about it. And now a new one.

Portland has a long and cozy history with white supremacists and neo-nazis.

This region can NOT afford to keep pretending that we are all progressive and wonderful. Pretending that extreme bigotry doesn't exist in Oregon, and in Portland, by not talking about it...isn't going to make it go away. Waiting for it to blow up isn't going to benefit anyone.And here is the rest of it.


: JustaDog said...

You're right, especially in Oregon.

There's such hate and bigotry against businesses that want to do business without the oppressive unions.

There's bigotry against those that with the laws of the USA enforced against invaders into our country - to the point of lies and slanderous hate speech.

There's bigotry and hate against soldiers in uniform.

There's bigotry against the desire for equality - especially when preferential treatment to certain racial or religious groups are exposed.

I could go on and on but the message is the same. The growing liberal world is becoming far less equal and far less tolerant than ever.

Oregonian37 said...

LOL. Feel better?

Lewis said...

The divide does seem to be wider and wider, year by year. Left from right, liberal from conservative, white from black, gay from straight, church from non-church, Wal Mart from Nordstrom. Craziness, I say!

Phil said...

Bigotry has its roots in ignorance; ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to bigotry and, too often, the extremes of vandalism and violence. But you're right, not talking about it won't make it go away. Only excising ignorance will do that.

Diane J Standiford said...

Did NOT know this about OR. Geez.