At the March meeting of the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, a resolution was adopted unanimously to stand in solidarity with students who experience racial discrimination at Lake Oswego Junior High in general and the most recent example in particular.
The resolution has been forwarded to the Lake Oswego School Board. It states in part:
Many are watching and listening to how the School Board is moving forward to effect needed institutional change. Simply applying a curriculum, no matter how excellent, over atop a toxic culture will not suffice. It gives the appearance of actions without sustainable outcomes.
There is no illusion that the Lake Oswego school system is better or worse then others in regard to this issue. All of our institutions must be on constant vigilance for racism, now that it is being condoned by the highest office in the land.
We must assertively deal with racism where it surfaces. The Lake Oswego situation is one such event and episode, and to pretend it is an isolated event does a disservice to both teachers and students. It also misses an opportunity for positive change.
Until we can have a national reconciliation process to address the abuses of slavery and our expropriation of native lands and peoples, these issues will fester, bubbling up here and there.
Unfortunately we, as a people, tend not to reflect about the past. We tend to run towards the future with the expectation that the past will resolve itself and that, if we run fast enough, we can actually outrun our past. Yet more often than not we find ourselves, at the end of that run, right back where we started.
Thus the Lake Oswego situation is a good starting point to address the institutional foundations for racist behavior and the underlying fear that is its underpinning.