A must watch #WHITELANDIA [Documentary]


WHITELANDIA is a 90-minute documentary examining the history of state sanctioned discrimination against Black Americans in Oregon and how that discrimination continues to be a destructive force today. Beginning with harsh exclusion laws written into the state’s 1857 constitution, the film sheds light on Oregon’s historical determination to become a white homeland. Through compelling interviews with citizens, activists, and community leaders, WHITELANDIA reveals a pattern of prejudice and discrimination evidenced by the state’s early involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, its strict adherence to Jim Crow laws, and the formulaic elimination of Black communities throughout the state. Watching their homes and businesses disappear one by one, the film reveals the ongoing displacement of Black Americans as their neighborhoods succumb to a nonstop in-migration of upper-middle-class White families. With a city government favoring the higher income residents for the increased tax base they bring with them, and a foreclosure rate nearly double that of whites due to the targeting of Black Americans for predatory mortgage loans, traditionally Black neighborhoods are all but gone…and Oregon’s Black population seems to simply be vanishing. The film leaves us to speculate whether Oregon’s original goal of establishing a white homeland may well be close at hand. As one Black resident interviewed asserts, “I don’t live in Oregon, I survive in Oregon.”


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