Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Recognizing Racism--And Correcting

Ahjamu Umi speaking in Portland.
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Oregon's history with people of color is a bumpy one. 

Laws excluding African-Americans from living in the state stayed on the books until well into the 20th century, and even modern-day liberal towns like Ashland were Ku Klux Klan strongholds. 

That was then.  But even now, there are efforts to recognize and respond to racism. 

Author and organizer Ahjamu Umi embraces those efforts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Why African-Americans Are Rare In Oregon

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About 13 percent of the American population is African-American.  In Oregon, 2 percent.  Yes, TWO. 

A law excluding black people from Oregon stayed on the books until 1926. 

That is one of many startling facts in the Oregon Humanities program "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?  A Hidden History." 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Doctor/Poet Neal Hall

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The title of Neal Hall's book alone will make some people flinch: "Nigger For Life." 

But the book of poetry lays out Dr. Hall's feelings about his hard work to get into and through medical school, and his feelings about how society rewarded him--or not--for his work. 

His perception: de facto slavery still exists in America.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Race On The Stage

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Can you imagine a white actor playing a part in blackface in today's world? 

That change is one example of the evolution of attitudes toward race in America. 

And entertainment has been part of the change. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Invisible: Black Women In America

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The recent controversy over race and the NBA--it got a team owner banned for life--reminded us that the issue of race always simmers, never cools. 

And notice: African-American men get much of the attention. 

That is one of the main points of Michigan State professor Kristie Dotson. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:37 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Race And Justice On MLK Week

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Maybe we're not always talking nicely, but you have to admit, the election and re-election of Barack Obama certainly got us talking about race just a bit more. 

In fact, Southern Oregon University made race its campus theme for the current academic year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:29 am
Wed January 8, 2014

"A Dreadful Deceit" About Race

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Maybe we're finally getting away from the idea of different races, but in no great hurry. 

Remember, people once referred to "the Jewish race," among other things.  Science has established that there's ONE race--human--but the old ways die hard. 

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