Whiteness History Month Project: Visual & Audio Media
Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History
This 50 slide timeline and audio commentary was created by Walidah Imarisha for a program called "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History," which looks at the history of race, identity and power in Oregon and the larger nation. Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Oregon as a state was explicitly founded on the idea of creating a white nationalist utopia, and in that way is a useful case study to see the mentality that nationally shaped the institutions that govern our lives.
Imarisha, W. (2013, July 19). Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History. Lecture presented at Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project, Portland.
White Privilege II
Jim Wallis, "America's Original Sin"
Sasheer Zamata Explains Privilege In Hilarious New Short
Video projects on the Web
Foster, Blair, and Michèle Stephenson. "‘A Conversation With White People on Race’." International New York Times, 30 June 2015. Web.
"It has become easier for white people to think about race through the superficial lens of thinking about other people, instead of themselves. Indeed, most of the people in this Op-Doc hadn’t given much thought to being white other than that it was obvious by the color of their skin. But when we dug a bit deeper, the discussion gets tense, and visibly uncomfortable. With this Op-Doc video, we’ve attempted to lean into that discomfort and prompt some self-reflection."