No news is bad news

In my last journal entry, I pointed out how a local paper, the Portland Tribune had published a racist editorial. Not only was the editorial basically a cheap swipe at the African-American community, the author, possibly deliberately, chose to present statistics out of context in order to bolster his point of view.

Today, the next edition of the Tribune came out. I checked the Letters to the Editor and saw, not surprisingly, that mine was not published. What did surprise me is that not a single letter about that was published. There could be several reasons for this: the Tribune demographic does not include many black people, everyone was apathetic about the editorial (or perhaps agreed with it), or the Tribune felt that no letters were worth publishing. Possibly mine was the only complaint about the editorial. As it stands, I can see the newspaper not publishing anything if they don't get many replies. I am curious, however, to know if they did get many replies and simply chose not to publish dissent.

Frankly, it's disheartening to think that racism, whether passive or malevolent, is so common in Portland that this passes unnoticed. We are, however, the whitest major city in the United States, so perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.
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I noticed that as well. I am suspecting that maybe they're holding off the deluge of reader mails until Friday edition--maybe they missed the editorial deadlines. But it's weak nonetheless. Did the PT folks ever call you to verify the writer's identity?
Re: strange.
No, they never called. While I hope you're right that they're just holding off until Friday, I suspect that they might not care. Much of the racism in this country is fueled by white apathy ("Hey, I don't see it. What's the big deal?").
I'd be interested to know where you got the statistic that Portland is the "whitest major city in the US".
It's something I heard on the radio a long time ago. I decided to research it and confirmed that we do hold that dubious distinction (though I can't remember what the cutoff for "major city" is).

In doing some more research now, it appears that we may have dropped to second place behind Omaha. Type "Portland whitest city" in google and see what's said.
Re: Back with stats
1) Mark Twain said that.

2) #4???? We got to try harder!! I imagine our ranking dropped when Arvydas Sabonis moved back to Lithuania. That's a big loaf o' white bread.
Re: More about "America's Whitest City"
African Americans must feel this is the best town in Oregon for them, as 99% of African American Oregonians live here. Then again, 90% of them live in North and Northeast Portland. At least that was the poop about 6 or 7 years ago.