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big surprise, our new golfer-in-chief has EMBOLDENED all kinds of white supremecists and hate mongers.

Exxxx, the owner of one of my favorite bars, Oxx Nxxx'x, has stuck to her guns and kept up all the ANTIFA stickers on the exterior of the building, and she's been drawn into online flame wars and zero star rating wars with racists and white nationalists, in this the mighty white state of Oregon.

Oregon has a long illustrious history of racism
.  black exclusion and 'sundown laws' (some of which were ont he books until the 1980's, if I'm not mistaken) and the Eugene/Springfield lacks the kind of diversity I grew up with in Southern California.

Facebook has blown up with right wing nationalist groups, as well as their detractors and anti fascist groups, some of which are just as angry and/or violent.  So there's all this anger out there, most of it very misplaced, either by ignorance or by intolerance, on both sides.

No, this is not the "front" of this battle, as far as our nation is concerned, but the desire to punch nazis and voice opposition to hate is strong.  But like it or not, we ('white' residents) have all somehow profited, to whatever degree, by the lack of racial diversity, sure we have poverty nearby, but our state welfare systems are not taxed beyond their limiits, as in states where instituional racism was more focused against minorities.

Oregon is now known as a liberal, blue state, we have some really great representatives like Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkekley,  and Pete DeFazio.  But somehow, we have to own up to the ways in which we've benefitted by exclusion and institutional racism.

and punch nazis.  actually, elbow them in the nose.

The univeristy of Oregon has recently re-named some of its buildings, ( the re-naming was completed in September 2016) as they had been named after U of O alumni who were Klansmen (Frederic Dunn, and Matthew Deady)

someday, .........we'll look back and laugh?

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