Friday, May 14, 2010

Whites vs. peoples of color in the Pac NW

Before Euro Americans in the Pac NW interred Japanese Americans during World War II, but after they shunted Indians off to the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations and at about the same time that they were parading down Oregon's city streets wearing white pointy hoods, some white folks in Toledo, Oregon, ran Japanese people out of town. This is the "Toledo Incident of 1925."

"Tokyo Slough" in Toledo is named for the residential area where Japanese, Korean, and Filippino workers and families lived (red "A" in map below):

The event in 1925 occurred forty-three years after Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, thirty-eight years after a massacre of Chinese miners at Deep Creek, near the confluence of the Snake and Imhaha rivers in eastern Oregon, and about twenty years after a series of "anti-Hindu" riots in Bellingham, Washington and other cities in the region.


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