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  • > Disclaimer: Being proud of my heritage does not mean that
    > I am proud of everything that my ancestors have done.

    I hear ya. I live in the same city as the Jefferson National Genocide Memorial [].

    > For an interesting read about our history

    I read that before heading into work this morning, and it had me in a funk the whole walk there. My wife and I are moving to Portland next summer because we love the city. I've visted a few times, she's been once. We've researched Portland and a few other significant options, and Portland came out on top.

    Our research didn't include any investigation into racism. We see enough of that here in St. Louis, and I've lived in other west coast cities and seen much less of that crap then out here. I guess I just figured the whole west coast would be better in that regard.

    Does the high wite count translate to racism? Is the lack of diversity due to continued high levels of discrimination, or an unfortunate consequence of some ugly history? Portland (and Oregon in general) seemed so progressive in other social areas we *did* specifically investigate.

    On a related subject, I had a friend out visiting us in St. Louis last year. I gave him the 'segregation at work' tour. We walked two blocks north of my house. I told him to count the white people as we walked East about a mile. He could count folks driving in cars, folks in stores, on porches, anywhere he saw them. We even went in a supermarket and walked all the ailes. He counted two gringos: us. Then we went a few blocks South, and I asked him to start counting black folks. We walked the mile back to my house, and he counted one guy going by in a car. We saw at about two hundred folks on that walk.

    "What segregation?" Sigh...