|Oregonian, January 12th, 1919|
Podcast: Voices from the Picket Line
2 days ago
...for almost a week, national media made editorial choices, mirroring a framework social scientists have dubbed the “protest paradigm,” that often failed to frame the events of the day accurately....Of course, the problem is not merely autoism. But the idea that drivers and their cars are the primary legitimate users of the public space we call a street or road informs the framing. We see this all the time in crash reporting. It's the impact to traffic, not the dead or injured person, that is important. (Also in the repugnant "all lives splatter" meme.)
A 2010 study that analyzed 40 years of protest coverage in five major newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, found that the papers depicted protests — even peaceful ones — as nuisances rather than as necessary functions of democracy. To illustrate this point, the study pointed to a 1992 Seattle Times story that described a protest thusly: “The demonstrations began with a University of Washington protest and march from the campus that snarled traffic on Interstate 5 yesterday afternoon.”
Centering protest coverage around the impact on traffic, local businesses, and property is one way that the protest-as-nuisance framing manifests.
Born to Elizabeth and Abner Gaines in 1795, John P. Gaines moved with his family from Augusta County, Virginia to Boone County, Kentucky shortly thereafter. Gaines volunteered for service in the The War of 1812. After returning to Boone County, Gaines practiced law and became a member of the Kentucky State Legislature. From 1846 to 1848, he served in the Mexican War. Gaines was elected to Congress in 1847 despite being held as a prisoner of war, and his opponents' urging that “votes for gaines might be votes for a dead man.” He was then appointed Governor of the Oregon Territory by President Taylor in 1850, a position that future President Abraham Lincoln would turn down. After selling his slaves (including Margaret Garner) and farm in Richwood to his brother, Archibald K. Gaines, Gaines began making preparations for his long trip to Oregon. Gaines' seven-month-long journey to Oregon by ship would prove fatal, as two of his daughters died of yellow fever along the way. Dissent brewed in Oregon, due to the length of his absence and the rest of his term would prove just as tumultuous. Shortly after he took office, in 1851, his wife, Elizabeth died after been thrown from a horse. He left office in 1853, but stayed in Oregon with his second wife Margaret. Gaines died in Oregon in 1857 of typhoid fever.
|1856, via Cincinnati Museum|
"Last year, when they reviewed our grant, they asked if we were telling a complete story about Asahel Bush, and at that time, they wanted us to address some of the problematic statements he had made," [Director Ross Sutherland] said. "Over the last year, we have been working to understand the issues surrounding museums and white privilege and instructional racism, and other similar issues."....It is a little concerning, however, that there's a pivot here, from the "problematic statements" of Asahel Bush to "stories of marginalized Salem community members."
In its grant proposal, the Bush House team proposed to tell the stories of marginalized Salem community members.
"The idea was: What if museums in Salem had developed around sites that were related to traditionally underrepresented Oregonians? From that idea, we thought we could take these histories and then flesh them out and find out where they actually happened in town," Sutherland said.
|Asahel Bush to Matthew Deady,|
on the Waldo-Bogel Wedding and Rev. Obed Dickinson,
cited in "Obed Dickinson and the 'Negro Question' in Salem"
Oregon Historical Quarterly, Spring 1991
|Changing out Deady Hall, front page Register-Guard|
(Update, June 26th)
|The first round of reform was not enough|
Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Saturday
|Changes and Success in Camden, NJ - June 15th|
|Over-militarized policing is a problem|
|Another barrier to reform - June 13th|
|Preliminary plans for new subdivision|
of single detached homes at Fairview
|The City's framing is pretty good!|
|We need to work on framing - front page yesterday|
|Lucy Rose Mallory, circa 1875|
(Oregon Historical Society)
June 20th, 1899
Persons who think at all for themselves, who are anything beyond mere automatic retinas, or impression-receivers, must sometimes think differently from other persons, and the moment they persist in that we call them a crank.Nevertheless, she persisted.
|May 7th, 1932|
These are obviously turbulent times. While we support peaceful protest and vigorous expression of ideas, we do not condone acts of vandalism. Our country, state and campus are coming to terms with historic and pervasive racism that we must address, but it is unfortunate that someone chose to deface and tear down these statues. Decisions about the future of the Pioneer statues and other monuments should be made by the campus community through an inclusive and deliberative process, not a unilateral act of destruction. Just this week, President Michael Schill recommended that the Board of Trustees dename Deady Hall and announced to the University Senate that he was asking a campus committee to look at whether statues or monuments on campus, including two Pioneer statues, should be removed. The university will put the statues in safe storage and allow that process to play out.The problem, which we see most directly on police brutality, is that civility has been of limited utility. The only way sometimes to get the powers to pay attention is to have a tantrum. This is a structural problem in the way formal process operates. Colin Kaepernick took a knee, and look how far it got him. Words and reason alone ought to be sufficient, but too often they are not. This is public process and civility as kitty litter: Attract dissent and critique, neutralize it, and clump it for easy disposal.
|The statue in 2007 - via wikipedia|
|Photo speed enforcement installation this past week|
on Commercial at Madrona
|Even the Police said "eye-opening"|
|One of the layout possibilities (with comments and Gov. T. T. Geer)|
|A decade ago we abandoned Park Ave|
|April 10th, 1917 and more here on the first store site|
|Moved to PDX, still breaking Salem news - via twitter|
|From 2008: more downtown housing|
|Long piece in|
|"bustling cafe culture" (May 21st)|
|More outdoor dining! - City Manager Update, May 29th|
|May 31st, 1921|
|February 1st, 1884|
|Front page today|
|In a daze about driving loss|
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