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(Portland, Oregon) – Imagine, if you will, driving home from a pleasant outing with your friends and family. You’re cruising down a city street, feeling good about the delightful dinner you’ve just shared with those closest to you. You and your loved ones are chatting it up without a care in the world. That’s when, seemingly out of nowhere, your car is surrounded by naked men on bicycles…

They begin yelling obscenities and spitting on your vehicle. One of the men lewdly gestures to his exposed genitalia. Your only avenue of escape is vehicular manslaughter, but you’re no murderer. Instead, you lock your car doors, grit your teeth, and continue driving; Hoping beyond all hope that the nude, intoxicated thugs will eventually pass you over.

As you become immersed in a growing sea of pasty white flesh and bike reflectors, you wonder if you’ve somehow stepped over into an episode of the Twilight Zone. Sadly, such is not the case. This is reality, my shell-shocked friend, and what you’ve just witnessed is Portland, Oregon’s annual event, the “World Naked Bike Ride“.
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peanut-butter-jelly-time-portland-oegon(Portland, OR) – Racism. It’s everywhere. Like a vile cancer that has managed to worm it’s way into every nook and cranny of our psychological landscape. It seems to be buried deep within the very molecular fabric of our culture–A pesky stain we just can’t seem to scrub away. Just when you thought that seemingly innocent objects were uninfected, if you squint at them hard enough through your white privilege microscope, you’re sure to find racism hiding there, mocking you.

There are some of those among us who are not afraid to call out the more minuscule nuances of racism before they end up blossoming into full-blown cross-burning extravaganzas. Brave social-justice warrior Verenice Gutierrez, principle of Harvey Scott elementary school in Portland Oregon, is just one of those people.

Gutierrez has encouraged others to pick up on the “subtle language of racism” whenever possible. She has rooted all over every inch of her schools campus like a truffle hunting sow in pursuit of those elusive nuggets of racism that might go unnoticed by the naked eye. What she discovered was
alarming to say the least.
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