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Participants in Bend’s third annual Take the Butte Back March show solidarity

The third annual Take the Butte back March happened Sunday morning at Pilot Butte in Bend, hosted by the Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly. In the 1920s, the KKK would march up Pilot Butte for rallies to burn crosses. Many people joined in the hike to bring attention to the park's past and put that part behind them. People brought signs reading Black Lives Matter and wore shirts that shared messages of solidarity.

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      1. “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

        BOOKER T. WASHINGTON.

  1. “Many people joined in the hike to bring attention to the park’s past and put that part behind them.”

    I’m guessing most of these people have been up there all three years. Not doing real good at putting it behind them.

  2. The last KKK gatherings there were 100 years ago. These folks should probably stop acting as if they are actually needing to “take the Butte back”. It seems that the KKK problem in that area waned a while back…

    1. Virtue Signaling makes you ‘feel better’ (as you hide behind your keyboard) I chose to “put the past behind” as stated in the article, you chose to wallow in the past. Go ahead, call me a racist

    2. Sadly, liberals like you dwell on imaginary racism. Move on. As a person of color I have lived in Bend for over 35 years. The only racist I see are folks like you who continually play the race card. If you feel Bend is racist, MOVE.

      “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

      Booker T. Washington.

  3. I’m sure they’re blaming him or putin for biden’s bike accident. When is normal people get fired from a job do those who hate trump blame him?

    1. I believe Biden needs training wheels on his bike. I can see falling of a bike while it is in motion, but he fell over when he stopped. Its kinda like Ive seen people falling down stairs, but Joementia fell upstairs.

  4. Here is a interesting article concerning the KKK in Bend https://torhanson.com/2017/07/18/father-luke-the-kkk-and-the-doctrine-of-americanism-in-bend/ apparently they were more concerned about Catholics and americanism than black people so maybe the Catholics in Bend should be the ones to take back the Butte. The majority of the citizens of Bend were against the KKK the Bend Bulletin and Father Luke spoke out against the KKK and came against them. I believe for the most part that Bend is not a racist town, there is always going to be some form of racism anywhere you live because of ignorance and racism is not limited to just white people, racism comes in every color and religion. I think it is counterproductive for them to dwell on past history that amounted to a brief fizzled out attempt of the KKK to make a statement. So the march up the Butte to take back the Butte” does nothing to “putting it behind’ apparently they are not willing to do just that let go and move on.

  5. Taking the butte back from what? I thought we were cancelling history…….most of these people’s grandparents weren’t even alive then. Seems to me they’re holding onto the past.

  6. Black Lives Matter, great statement, and I believe all lives matter. But, as an organization, what have they done to help black communities, and people of color? It could be very low key, and I am the one not seeing what benefits they are bringing. As a non-profit with a great name, world wide notoriety, professional sports program backing, I feel they could do so much more.

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