ANNOUNCEMENT: This Week's 5 is Taking a Break in October

This Week's 5 will be taking a break for the month of October. To everyone who has been reading, commenting, and sharing, thank you. The column will be back in November, strong as ever. In the meantime, while This Week's 5 serves as a weekly recap of specifically curated stories on racism, it also functions as a resource that readers can always revisit. During this mini-sabbatical, please feel free to check out past editions of This Week's 5 in our Opinion archive. #thisweeks5 #overtracism #institutionalracism #criticalracetheory #history #fragilitybreaker #respondtoracism #lakeoswego

This Week’s 5: Harvard’s Affirmative Action for White People by the Numbers

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Here’s a story that should make your blood boil. A group of six grade boys recently assaulted a Black girl at a Virginia private school by holding her down and cutting her hair. According to the little girl’s family, this apparently was just the latest incident in an ongoing, racist harassment campaign at Immanuel Christian School (which should sound familiar becau

This Week’s 5: Please Stop with the Black People Field Trip Stories

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt There are a lot of thoughts that come to mind when I read the headline, “Texas Teacher Who Asked Trump to Deport ‘Illegal Students’ at Her School Gets Fired.” The first is, how did she get through the screening process? I know all too well how white supremacists, like anyone else, can put on their best faces for job interviews, but it’s hard to believe that anyone b

This Week’s 5: Grow Up

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Anyone else getting tired of the painstaking effort law enforcement seems to keep taking to make sure they are absolutely sure before they acknowledge the most obvious expressions of racism? It’s endlessly fascinating how careful they can be with identifying racism versus how quick they are to use deadly force against Black and Brown people, but I digress. Recently,

Check out "Queens Girl in the World" at the Clackamas Repertory Theatre

It's no secret that the creative arts are a great vehicle for bringing people together to engage with insightful, often difficult discussions about issues like race. The Clackamas Repertory Theatre will be hosting such an opportunity with the west coast premier of "Queens Girl in the World." The play, written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, directed by Damaris Webb, and featuring Lauren Steele will be showing from Sep. 5-29 and will feature post and pre-show lectures on select dates from Dr. Maude Hines, Professor of English and African American Studies at Portland State University; Percy Hampton, a founding member Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party; and Dr. Pancho Savery, Professor of

Save the Date: LO City Council to Discuss DEI Task Force Updates at Sep. 17 Meeting

Since the Lake Oswego City Council announced it would be forming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, RtR has expressed excitement about the opportunity while also warning that this effort needs to be more than just a box-checking exercise (You can read our open letter to the City here). While creating a DEI Task Force is an important step for a city with the well-earned nickname of Lake No Negro, we can’t overlook the importance of the process. Specifically, if done carelessly, this process could go a long way towards discouraging future DEI efforts in general and local government participation from marginalized community members in particular. Remember, the impetus for this task

This Week’s 5: More Human Rights Violations, More Foot-Dragging

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt What is it about white supremacists that evokes such a haunting commitment to caution from America’s most powerful figures? Any other movement linked to an ongoing epidemic of domestic terrorism would be shutdown without a second thought. Yet, whether it’s seemingly every police force throughout the country or big business, taking a hard stand against white supremac

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