State of Black Oregon: not so good

7:37 am

The Urban League of Portland has issued a State of Black Oregon report, with troubling statistics for black students.

The dropout rate for black students is twice as high as for white students, and black students face expulsion and suspension at twice the rate of white students.

The study paints a broad picture of black Oregonians “at the bottom of every meaningful social and economic measure,” according to an Urban League press release. “African Americans in Oregon have significantly higher infant mortality rates, are more likely to live in poverty, have higher levels of unemployment, are half as likely to own their own homes and are far more likely to die of diseases such as diabetes than their white counterparts.”

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Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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  1. Comment from PPSExpatriate:

    For the folks that were wondering why there needs to be a focus of disadvantaged black students. An oxymoron, because in my opinion if you’re black in PPS class makes little difference, we’re all disadvantaged by the system.

    I don’t post much because I am over the “deny-oppression-to-make-you-feel-okay” school.

    If one really believes that the disparities have nothing to do with race and everything to do the lazy, shiftlessness of the people, I suggest that one look in the mirror. There may be someone who embodies privilege and tacit racism looking back.

    If children receive a separate and unequal education these social and economic ills will continue in perpetuity.