School Colors

Students at Wilson High School form a black student union to combat racism. Most of its members are white.

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Breonna Keller-Robbins has heard a lot of comments from fellow students about her race at Wilson High—the whitest of Portland Public Schools’ nine high schools.  Her dad is black, and   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Al Jazeera America Says Portland is Nation's Whitest City


It's no secret that Portland is a largely white city, but is it really the whitest?  This report from Al Jazeera America claims so. The numbers are a bit in dispute. The Oregonian's analysis of census data from 2010 says Portland is, while a confusing 2011 story in the Seattle Times says that Portland is both the whitest and the third whitest city in America. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh daily paper ...   More
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 MARK ZUSMAN

Portland's Racial Divide, Now in Pixel Form


You're going to want to see this: A new map shows where every person in the United States lives and what their race is.The results are amazing to scan. Most cities, from a distance, look like a lovely blended blur, with different races looking like they live together. But zoom in, and almost every city shows a clear division of neighborhoods by racial lines. (Blue is white, green is black, red ...   More
Friday, August 16, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Stumptown 40: Winning the Race for Equality

Adult pinewood derby champ dedicates win to gay scouts.


The winner of Portland's adult pinewood derby had a victory speech."This trophy is for all the gay Boy Scouts—EVER!" Nic Peteresen said as he hoisted his award.It was a nice way to end a long night of racing as the Stumptown 40 rolled through Spirit of '77. Miniature cars built from kits that include a block of wood, four nails and four plastic wheels race down a ramp two at a time in the ...   More
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Martin Cizmar

UPDATED: Lincoln Posts Lowest Grad Rate for African-American Students of Any PPS High School


At one high school in Portland, only 38 percent of black kids graduate in four years, according to data released by the Oregon Department of Education on Friday. It’s Lincoln High—the worst in the district for black students graduating on time, according to data released for the 2010-11 school year.Lincoln, meanwhile, has the highest overall graduation rate among PPS high schools (84 percent), ...   More
Monday, January 30, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

African-American Students Face Big Disparity in How Often They're Disciplined in Multnomah County Schools

African-American students across Multnomah County are being suspended and expelled from middle and high schools at nearly 3.5 times the rate of white students, according to a report released Jan. 10 by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community.The report finds disparity among the treatment of Hispanic and Native American students as well—a trend that's been also been found ...   More
Thursday, January 26, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

TBA Diary: The Shipment, Race, and Modest Mouse

In the past couple weeks, ever since the intensity surrounding TBA:09 has been ratcheting up, I've been hearing the name Young Jean Lee. Seems like Lee's theater piece The Shipment has been on the tip of every tongue, as one of the premiere works in a festival full of them. Did it live up to the hype? Yep, it did. The Shipment is a strange, abrasive, gut-check--a frank examination of racism ...   More
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Jonanna Widner


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