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Sun Jan 6, 2019, 08:28 AM

NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says.

The group on Thursday decried the policy affecting some 1,600 unreinforced masonry buildings that are on average 90 years old, many in areas with a predominantly black population, The Oregonian/OregonLive reports .

The policy "exacerbates a long history of systemic and structural betrayals of trust and policies of displacement, demolition, and dispossession predicated on classism, racism, and white supremacy," the group said.

The NAACP said the policy will make it tougher for owners of brick buildings to get loans and will discourage investment. It says that means buildings will have to be sold, and that developers will demolish and redevelop, increasing the cost to live there and forcing current residents out.

Read more: https://www.nwitimes.com/news/national/naacp-links-earthquake-signs-in-oregon-to-white-supremacy/article_6a7bbafa-9613-5e0b-8547-6c59d474989c.html

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 08:32 AM

1. The banks already know these buildings are crumbling

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Sun Jan 6, 2019, 08:55 AM

2. make landlords liable for tenants injured in an earthquake

the same way that landlords are liable for violations of the fire code.

rent is cheap in these buildings for a reason. real "white supremacy" would be a callous indifference to the fate of the tenants.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 09:51 AM

3. A related article.on the dilema with upgrading the buildings

https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/2017/10/18/19397653/portlands-old-brick-buildings-will-kill-you

Ths other side of this is that some owners can't afford ths upgrades and would either have to demolish the building or try to dump it For those that can afford the upgrades, tenants would have to be displaced during upgrade and rents would probably have to increase to pay for the upgrades.

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