I have a confession to make: I collect racist memorabilia. Perhaps it is because my mother seems to have as well. She kept a very small ashtray on a table in our living room featuring a Black Sambo figurine at its center. When it comes to the question of whether collecting those racist images is right, I often encounter two strong and diametrically opposed reactions from African Americans. Others think the whole lot should be assembled into one gigantic bonfire, incinerated, and the ashes buried in an impenetrable vault, or strewn over the broadest reach of the deepest ocean never to be displayed again.
Sambo’s Role in the New Status Quo
The Atlantic Crossword
Pierce is one of six African Americans working in the Portland plant whom the lawyer Mark Morrell is representing in a series of lawsuits against Daimler Trucks North America. The cases have been combined and a trial is scheduled for January of The allegations may seem at odds with the reputation of this city known for its progressivism. When the state entered the union in , for example, Oregon explicitly forbade black people from living in its borders, the only state to do so. And racism persists today. A audit found that landlords and leasing agents here discriminated against black and Latino renters 64 percent of the time, citing them higher rents or deposits and adding on additional fees. In area schools, African American students are suspended and expelled at a rate four to five times higher than that of their white peers. All in all, historians and residents say, Oregon has never been particularly welcoming to minorities. Portland is the whitest big city in America, with a population that is
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