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Mass Incarceration of Black People in Oregon, America’s White Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade Black people from living, working or owning property there. It was illegal for Black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon’s founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American West. Today, Oregon is one of the top 10 states disproportionately imprisoning Black people.


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