When Portland banned blacks: Oregon’s shameful history as an ‘all-white’ state

Portland’s progressive reputation ignores its history as stronghold of white supremacy in a state founded on excluding blacks.

In 1844, all black people were ordered to get out of Oregon Country, the expansive territory under American rule that stretched from the Pacific coast to the Rocky Mountains.

Those who refused to leave could be severely whipped, the provisional government law declared, by “not less than twenty or more than thirty-nine stripes” to be repeated every six months until they left.

Source: When Portland banned blacks: Oregon’s shameful history as an ‘all-white’ state – The Washington Post