Portland, Oregon Deemed “Most Racist” City In The United States

 (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

In a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Oklahoma Symposium of Racial Studies, researchers claim to have pinpointed the individual US cities that are most plagued by racism. The list included locations such as Atlanta, GA, Phoenix, AZ and Chicago, IL. However, the city crowned most infected with the cancer of racial intolerance came as a shocker to many: The so-called “liberal” utopia of Portland OR.

Yes, it seems the City Of Roses came out at the top of the list for most racial tension, blowing all the other cities away with their tie-dyed, race-riot.

Researchers cite several instances in which the occupants engaged in activities which would make one think that underneath all the hipster attire lurks a horde of rabid klansmen in hippie’s clothing. From run-of-the-mill racism to even more abstract and subtle forms of prejudices that can only be found in the rainy, north western city, PDX seems to be absolutely brimming with bigotry.

On the heels of this study comes Portland’s annual White Man March, organized by the white nationalist group, American Freedom Party. The North West chapter of ANIFA were absolutely helpless to stop the gathering, which took place Saturday, March 15th. In a shocking twist, most of ANTIFA’s Portland members have succumbed to the racism that surrounds them and become remorseless fascists themselves.

Portland schools also employ racial segregation during their parent / teacher conferences. The superintendent of Portland’s public school system declined to comment, but it’s suspected that the reason behind the school’s separation of parents by their skin color is to avoid any potential confrontations between racial groups. A teacher in the Parkrose district who wishes to remain anonymous told National Report the following.

The African Americans are resentful of the whites, because they have gentrified their old neighborhoods, pushing them further and further out towards the fringes of the city.”

On the opposite end of this racial divide is the progressive liberals, whose heart’s bleed for whatever cause is deemed most chic. They hate themselves for being white, yet think lowly enough of the African Americans to assume they always require their heroic assistance. Portland seems to be more of a lily-white utopia for haughty pseudo-humanitarians rather than the cornucopia of diversity that it is commonly portrayed as.

You will find the highest concentration of these closet-racists primarily in the heart of Portland. The city itself is ivory faces as far as the eye can see, until you wander out away from the city that you will actually begin to see any other races intermingling with the sea of snowy white bodies. It’s an unspoken truth that Portland is predominantly white, and they want to keep it that way.

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133 Responses to "Portland, Oregon Deemed “Most Racist” City In The United States"

  1. Brett says:

    This comment thread contains some of the stupidest vitriol I’ve ever seen. It’s almost as stupid as holding a study that *RANKS* cities in what seems to be a perverse racist-olympics.

    Tell me, how do you quantify racism? I’m very curious.

    Yes, I live in Portland. It has serious issues with confronting racial issues. (White) people get uncomfortable and don’t want to talk about it. That’s messed up, and it warrants discussion. What it doesn’t warrant is the claim that Portland is somehow “more racist” than the rest of the country.

    Also, as a resident of Portland, the author seems to be selectively avoiding the use of inclusive pronouns when referring to the city. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her book, and I generally like her work… but it’d be more honest for her to make and effort to acknowledge her complicity in the problem instead of pointing to the rest of the city’s residents and shaming them.

    • Brett says:

      Okay, I lied a little. I haven’t read her book or any of her work before this. I just didn’t want to seem like a resentful meanie.

      Distancing herself from the problem is still bogus, though.

  2. Susan says:

    If it were a Black man march?would it be called racist?

  3. David says:

    I doubt the methods the “study” used have much construct validity. And this article just assumes that the study’s “findings” are true, lazily referring to some things that could be seen as consistent with racism, without ever addressing the methods or examining the issue.

    Portland is fairly segregated and has a low black population and a high 20’s “hipster” population. Segregation (its gentrification) doesn’t mean racism, it means that blacks are disproportionately of lower SES, which is a legacy of historical (and enduring systemic) racism and has been a problem everywhere for a long time.

    I would say that I think there are a lot of young whites who, living amongst a high density of their own demographic, are relatively sheltered. This quality of being sheltered and relatively privileged, combined with natural in-group bias, I think probably engenders (mostly unconscious) oppression via systems, along with a lack of examination of white privilege because hey, in Portland you CAN live as a young white guy in an oasis of young white privilege. But that’s just naivety, privilege, and being sheltered. When you don’t struggle yourself and don’t have to live in a very diverse world, your ability to understand the struggle of others is compromised.

    Other cities where there are more equal numbers of blacks and whites I think are just forced to co-exist. When you are surrounded by people of different races, you are forced to honor that you are just one kind of person in a sea of many demographics.

    Portland I think has way more liberal awareness than many other places.. though that’s not to say that its totally integrated with people’s hearts and minds. The south in general I think has way more deeply, overtly racist people.

    I’m white so I can’t speak to this issue well. A couple black people have told me they don’t experience Portland to be very friendly.

  4. kidvelvet says:

    Heh…funny article.

    I did get a kick how this was also tagged with “Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich”.

    Did everyone here also call into Phil Hendrie during his show as well?

  5. Johnny says:

    Dear Portland, Oregon:

    I know you. You are very racist, especially towards conscientious African-American men. I intimately know you because I have lived in you. You are intensely racist and the world needs to know. I am not bashing you, but I must say that something is going on in you. You have a history of White supremacy. Google “Mulageta Seraw”. Google “Aaron Campbell”. It does not surprise me at all that you have topped the list. Your racism is “institutional” racism to the fullest.

    • Jay says:

      I’ve lived in Portland for 39 years and yes, like every other city/town there’s racism but to say it’s the most racist city in America? I don’t know about that. The racism isn’t just against African Americans it’s from them also. All of this “black power” BS is just as racist as “white power”. I’m so sick of hearing about special programs for minorities. Why can’t everyone just go to work, pay their bills and enjoy their families? We’re all just people. GROW UP EVERYONE…!!! Stop all of your bickering and we’ll get more done you bunch of infants.

      • Lauren says:

        I was thinking about moving to Portland. I still wanted to after the article. I still wanted to after the first few comments. Jay’s comment made me completely 100% not want to move anywhere near Portland.

        To answer your question, it would be as if there were a race. Racer A and Racer B. At the beginning of the race Racer A jumps on Racers Bs back, and Runs 99% of the race on Racer B’s back. Racer A jumps off to finish the last 1%, when Racer B asks for a 5 minute break before the last stretch. Racer A would be an asshole for telling him to tough it out because “they’re both people.”

        Don’t be an asshole.

        • Jay says:

          You my friend are an idiot. I’m not talking about riding anyone’s coattails. I’m talking about being responsible for yourself like a functional member of society. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, yellow or green, GET OFF YOUR AS and stop sucking the taxpayer’s tits. No more naacp or handouts to the native Americans. No more racial slurs or anything like that. We’re all Americans, save for the illegals, start acting like it. I’m a minority, as in Native American, and sure I could stick my hand out to the government and get my “due” but I work for everything I own and if your sensitive ass can’t handle honesty and reality, stay the fuck away from my town. My color is Red, White and Blue…..

          • Lauren says:

            Haha whoa okay. Well I see that you don’t get it and I respect that. Have a great day!

            And btw the government gets more in handouts from your precious tax dollars then the descendants of the slaves of this country do. Millionaires get tax breaks on their homes. Rich clergymen don’t have to pay taxes on their religious businesses. Your anger is directed at the wrong people, but with your level of knowledge about American history I understand your frustrations. No one likes a mooch.

          • Lauren says:

            And I can see you’re the angry arguing type so just so you know, I don’t care. It’s not your place to have a firm grasp on what it means to literally be held back. You have your own history that I’m not fully aware of in the same way. I know your ancestors did go through a lot and do go through a lot every day and that I’m living on the land that they and the African’s built. I understand all of that. I guess what I’m trying to urge anyone reading to try to understand is that Black people in this country were held back. I agree now a days they’re just messing up, and are more responsible for their negative image. We used to be fighters and rebellious and now Black people feel like “this isn’t our country so why should I try?” And so I agree with you in that that IS a lie, this country belongs to every citizen and the apathy in the Black community is terrible. All I’m saying is to get mad at the great grandchildren of people that were literally told no you can’t vote, you can’t own homes, you can’t go to school, you can’t marry who you love if they’re not the same color as you, eff off, and not at the people that are smiling in your face while at the same time lining their pockets with our cash and directing your abundant anger elsewhere, while laughing at your for your own confusion, is odd. Statistically because of the economy Whites are applying for welfare at the same rate as Blacks in this country, not just because people are lazy but because times are hard. How can you judge a person that’s life is already so bad they have to ask their lying thieving government for food? Why be mad at the poor? Your colors may be red white and blue, which is adorable, but your governments colors are green green and green. THAT’s reality. But don’t worry, I’ll def stay the “fuck away from YOUR town” because I’m so sensitive and idiotic.

          • gayle says:

            I’m from Portland, I’m black, and it is a racist place. However, the whites do not have to confront their racism daily, because blacks and minorities are so few. They are not competing with huge numbers of highly educated blacks for jobs, as business competitors, college, housing, etc. Matter of fact, they don’t ever have to see blacks or minorities if they choose. Therefore, their racism is hidden, until they are challenged for some reason. Whites in Portland try to “act” liberal, but they are deep down conservative, in that they despise “secretly” people of color. Mostly too, it’s that they do not know any or many, and their though process and behavior is built on stereotypes. However, they would never admit to it. Bottom line, Portland is racist. Always have been, and they have fooled themselves (eases the guilt) to believe otherwise. Very beautiful place for white people. Not so wonderful for those of color, especially blacks. BTW, most things have nothing to do with laziness, but lots to do with opportunity.

  6. Paula says:

    I find it remarkable how people are taking offense to this instead of contemplating that this may indeed be true and if so how can we make our city a more desirable place to live for everyone contributing resident.
    Ask yourself the uncomfortable questions: Like “what if my child brought home someone of a different ethnic group”?
    How many different ethnic people do you know or trust?
    It is really sad that with all the different ethnic groups that reside in Oregon none are on city council nor are they represented in the work place.

  7. Jason says:

    Wow. [Laughing…] Visit the city before you comment here, please. I grew up 50 miles south of Portland in Salem and will comment from 1st-hand knowledge that most of Oregon is white. It’s just the way it shakes out. Cali folks travel further north to Washington, Washingtonians travel further south to Cali. Oregon and especially the Willamette Valley are what they are. In 1990, I graduated from a Salem high school w/ close to 1000 students — and only 5 were black. Less than 20 were hispanic at the time. That was nearly 30 years ago. Hispanic populations have risen, but not black populations. It’s not a social experiment, it’s Oregon. Liberal or not, it has problems that belie the ‘liberal utopia’ label. And NONE of them are so bad that I wouldn’t raise my kids there. Except in Salem. :D

    • hah says:

      I grew up in — what was at the time but is now part of SLC — rural Utah and went to a high school with nearly 1500 students. Also graduated in 1990, fancy that.

      Myself and maybe 3 others were the only dark(ish)-skinned Hispanics.

      Not a single black person in sight.

      Utah, by the way, is one of if not THE reddest state in the US.

  8. Tyrone says:

    Lived there 3 years ago. Worked in Salem lived in Beaverton. Had a man over a traffic dispute tell me to go back to my side of the town (Portland). Even though I was 5 min from my house near Albertsons. . My wife experienced the same. So glad to be in Texas and longer there

  9. Tim says:

    An open letter to Portland:

    Underneath all that brash political correctness, hiding beneath your “Keep Portland Weird” bumper stickers and between the spokes of your green bicycle revolution lurks a monster
    no one wants to acknowledge. Oh yeah:you’ll whisper sweet nothings about racism and equality but then you’ll bludgeon the issue to death with a downward dog sigh.You’ll suck the life blood out of any neighborhood then prance about in a frenzied riot of police sanctioned drunken ecstasy [ Last Thursday on Alberta anyone?].
    I lived in your pale-faced utopia,your template of culture for 15 years and it stunk.
    I’ve been away for a blessed while and i’m still trying to wash the stink off.
    “Oh but Portland is so beautiful, so accepting of alternative lifestyles” blah blah blah.
    I’m calling you out as a fake and a phony. You need to get right with the ugly side of yourself. You need to quit burnishing your tarnished veneer and end the narrative that you’re something special. Because you’re not. Bust your friggin’ bubble Portland and step up to the plate of real justice and equality.

  10. The Pensioner says:

    On the other hand, having a lot of ‘tittie’ bars will do that to a city…

  11. Alan says:

    I believe Portland is a very racist city. Former Trailblazer, Greg Oden, told espn Portland was not a good place for a wealthy young black male. So, it must be hell for a poor black kid then.

  12. Phteven says:

    The problem with the racial segregation in Portland Public schools and why so many of them think the black population is moving to the fringe areas of PDX is because they are part of the issue as well. It’s a two sided story.

    Let me explain. Why do we need inner city gang violence? Why are those words also associated with the word African American? Why the hell do White people feel insecure around black people -esp at schools? Why drive by shootings? Why are so many black people being arrested when the demographic should be less? Portland Cops are they racist? Some will say yes, others will point fingers else where.

    I’ve seen Wilson high and there are by far more white people there than Park Rose high. Violence, Grades, Attendance, Drop-out Rate are all different between the two school’s as seen in their report card and other studies. Are these numbers associated with color?

    You can throw all the money in the world to help minority and inner-city students rise above and beyond “white middle class” but those type of kids also have to push themselves into wanting to succeed. Throwing money at support groups to change this won’t happen. The “White middle class” never got there through support groups or hand outs. They did it by not joining gangs, not shooting up people they dislike, getting arrested. They worked hard, wanted to graduate and push themselves to do better than their parents. It’s funny but white people were also immigrants in a new foreign world too. Sure they were never slaves, but it’s the 21st century. Everyone born today should be born with equal and similar chances of making a good living. Change needs to happen on their end too. By lessening all the vices, issues, problems between demographics will be fundamental in lowering any kind of discrimination or hate each group may share.

    Unfortunately the reason why white people may feel insecure about the minorities is because some of those minorities chose to do those crimes, join gangs, drop out and live in poverty. The makes them look bad when it shouldn’t. We shouldn’t look at them like that. But we do and so does the media…

    • stacie says:

      I agree that Portland is racist but not by the color of skin , as much as it is by religion, if you do not claim to be a christain or practice any belief , you can difinatly loose friends or in my case business , I am religious free and proud

  13. Jen says:

    Not at all a surprise – the article or the responses, rather a disappointment – mostly at these responses. Take a long look in the mirror PNW – and turn it around instead of getting defensive. Fear or bias based on skin color, assumptions because of economics, this is prejudice, racism, not rationale. This article isn’t an accusation as much as it is a highlight on what needs to change. The responses play right into that.

    My colleague, a geographer, mapped the racial distribution in PNW cities from US Census. Compared to other US cities, the closest comparison would be places in the deep south or midwest. Portland is progressive in many ways for the environment, for homeless, but when it comes to diversity I have experienced so many embarrassing moments hosting visitors from other countries or other parts of the US with a hint of color in their skin. These experiences vary from passive aggressive behavior or racist jokes, to outright shouted racial slurs or demands that one speaks English in America. This NEEDS to change.


    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

  15. Rocko says:

    If you really want to know how racist a metropolitan area is find out how many minorities are members of the local country clubs. Since almost all CC members are voted in by it’s current members if they have very low or zero minorities on their membership list it’s a sure sign that it’s a racist city.

  16. Kathy says:

    I’m surprised at how many people are getting offended. I’ve lived her my whole life and I’ve seen a ton of racist shit. It fucking sucks and is heart breaking to see. Portland may be a liberal city, but as soon and you step outside the lines is when things get super conservative. Yesterday at a Walgreens in Milwaukie I witnessed and older white guy telling a middle eastern man to get the fuck out of our country if he can’t speak our language and threatening to pull out his knife. There’s been a handful of times my friends and I have gone out to restaurants in Portland and people have refused to sit near us, because my friends are Indian. There’s a huge gang of white supremacists in Portland, etc. To the people getting offended by this article…open your eyes.

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