Immigration issues are getting hotter in Oregon, the economy in Portland OR continues to be one of the most depressed of any major US urban metropolis, White Liberals are complaining about the bilingual Spanish light rail messages and business advertising, and use-of-force (1200 in the last year) data is being examined for racial profiling. Here is a story by Anne Martens on the progressive-liberal BlueOregon.com blog about the current anti-immigrant climate. I can’t wait to go home!
Oregon has a rich history of racism, starting with statehood, where the voters chose not to allow slavery and not to allow black people either. And with each successive round of immigration (leaving aside that African-Americans didn’t exactly voluntarily emigrate), Oregonians have loudly protested that "those" people don’t belong here, and they’re ruining everything.