Lawsuit Says City Of Portland, Hospital Conspired In The “Intentional Destruction” Of A Thriving Black Neighborhood

Lawsuit Says City Of Portland, Hospital Conspired In The “Intentional Destruction” Of A Thriving Black Neighborhood

 By Rayna Reid Rayford ·Updated December 5, 2023

Last year, “26 Black descendants of families” who resided in the historically Black neighborhood of Albina, filed “[a] federal civil rights lawsuit…against the city of Portland and Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center,” The Oregonian reports. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the suit, but last Friday, a judge ruled that the plaintiffs can proceed.

As the complaint reads, “[t]his case is about the intentional destruction of a thriving Black neighborhood in Central Albina under the pretense of facilitating a hospital expansion that never happened.”

“This horribly racist chapter from Portland’s past has not closed, causing plaintiffs continuing harm,” the suit continues. It also alleges a conspiracy, stating that “[r]ecently discovered information, long concealed by defendants, shows that urban renewal and blight were pretexts for defendants’ real motive: a racist desire to remove Black people from the economically valuable neighborhood of Central Albina.”

During the 1960s and 1970s, approximately 80 percent of Black Portlanders resided in Albina. In a press release announcing the lawsuit, one of the plaintiffs Connie Mack said, “That home was our foundation, and the sense of community in that neighborhood is what made us thrive.”

“I was taken out of my safe and loving community,” Mack lamented. “I was moved into a neighborhood that saw me as a nuisance and to a school where I was one of three Black children.”

Another plaintiff LaKeesha Dumas echoed these sentiments, stating, “My great grandma owned a boarding home that helped the Black community. I’m devastated that her work didn’t get passed down…There was a racist conspiracy to violate our civil rights. It’s my turn to get in the fight and advocate for our family.”

In addition to financial compensation, the group wants “tangible justice beyond symbolic apologies,” for their significant losses.

In their motion to dismiss, attorneys for the city and hospital attempted to argue that the plaintiffs who were suing “did not suffer direct harm and that the statute of limitations had run out.”

However, “U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon disagreed, saying the loss of community, including family homes and intergeneratio[nal] wealth, is indeed direct damage,” KGW8 reports.

“The destruction of Central Albina and the failure to expand the hospital as promised, leaving vacant and abandoned land, has certainly injured the public generally,” wrote Judge Simon.

The judge also noted how this displacement caused Portland to be robbed from housing a “thriving Black community” on top of depriving the community from “expanded health care.”


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An Emotional Jamie Foxx Makes His First Major Appearance Since Emergency Hospitalization

An Emotional Jamie Foxx Makes His First Major Appearance Since Emergency Hospitalization

Jamie Foxx returned to the spotlight on Monday night — and to the delight of fans, he was back to his hilarious jokester self.

He attended the Critics Choice Association‘s Celebration of Cinema and Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements to accept the Vanguard Award for his work in the Prime Video movie “The Burial.” The Oscar winner cracked up the audience as he recalled his battle with a serious “medical complication.”

After receiving a beautiful tribute from his “The Burial” co-star Jurnee Smollett, Foxx triumphantly walked across the stage to the excited cheers of attendees. He offered his thanks for the recognition of his work before switching gears to poke fun at the conspiracy theories that surrounded his medical emergency.

“I’ve been through something. I’ve been through some things,” Foxx said. “You know, it’s crazy, I couldn’t do that six months ago — I couldn’t actually walk. I’m not a clone, I’m not a clone. I know a lot of people who was saying I was cloned out there.”

In April, the “Ray” star was rushed to an Atlanta hospital with a “medical complication.” His family kept details quiet, which led the internet to wildly speculate on his condition and the cause of his health issues. As he commanded the stage like the born entertainer that he is, the “Blame It” singer reflected on his new appreciation for life, noting that everything feels “different” now.

“It feels good to be here. I cherish every single minute now. It’s different. It’s different,” he said. “I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy, because it’s tough when you almost…When it’s almost over, when you see the tunnel.”

One thing that became clear during his speech was that Jamie hasn’t lost his comedic timing or brilliance. The way he transitioned between the serious emotions of his experience and the humorous aspects of almost dying was pure genius.

“I saw the tunnel. I didn’t see the light,” Foxx joked. “It was hot in that tunnel so I didn’t know where I was going. Shit, am I going to the right place? I seen the devil goin ‘C’mon, now.’”

Despite his good spirits, Jamie was noticeably emotional about the moment. He closed his acceptance speech by truly appreciating everything it took to get him back on stage where he belongs.

“I want to say six months ago I couldn’t fathom that this could happen or that I would be here, but as I walk up here to this microphone and get this Vanguard Award, all I can say is ‘Lord, have mercy, Jesus,’” he said.

Sha’Carri Richardson Honored At 2023 USATF Awards: ‘Everything Happens When It’s Supposed To Happen’

Sha’Carri Richardson Honored At 2023 USATF Awards: ‘Everything Happens When It’s Supposed To Happen’

Sha’Carri Richardson has just earned herself yet another award! Over the weekend, the 23-year-old athlete was honored at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Night of Legends for her remarkable performances in track this year.

The track star took home the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athlete of the Year for women Award. She secured the honor after winning multiple races at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest earlier this year. At the time, Richardson stole the show and earned the top spots in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and the women’s 4 x 100-meter relay team.

Upon accepting the award, Richardson gave a heartfelt speech where she touched on her faith in God as well as her influence and impact. She also took the time to acknowledge the responsibility she has to herself, her family and the beautiful women who support her. “With the God that I serve, everything happens when it’s supposed to happen. So when I stand here today as the world champion, that’s because now was the time for that to happen. Now is the most impactful it would be, the most powerful it would be and the most sincere it would be,” Richardson said.

She continued, “I understand the influence that I have, I understand the responsibility that I have to USATF and as a top female USA athlete, and to my country, and to my black family, to my beautiful women, to everybody that has been misunderstood for trying to be their best selves and not be put into a category because they do track and field and have been put in a bubble.”

Check out a clip of the speech below.

Richardson is definitely in her comeback season. After her Olympic Trial 100-meter win was disqualified for a positive marijuana test in 2021, she went on to defy the odds and come back with a vengeance, winning her first major world title earlier this year. And now, with this Athlete of the Year win under her belt, it’s safe to say that our girl is becoming unstoppable! 

We are always rooting for Sha’Carri! 


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Deion Sanders & Tracey Edmonds Call It Quits After Decade-Long Relationship

Deion Sanders & Tracey Edmonds Call It Quits After Decade-Long Relationship

“We have mutually decided that it is best for us to move forward in life AS FRIENDS and have made this decision with love in our hearts, respect for each other, and appreciation for the time we’ve shared together,” Edmonds and Sanders wrote in a joint statement on her Instagram page.

“Please keep us in your prayers as we go through this transition. Thank you for being there for us ALL THESE YEARS! We love you and appreciate you SO MUCH!”

The now-exes have ended their four-year engagement.

Beyoncé tops the box office with Renaissance

Beyoncé tops the box office with Renaissance

Beyoncé was crowned “queen of the box office” after her concert movie topped the box office in its opening weekend. “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” a documentary about the artist’s record-breaking world tour, raked in $21 million since its Friday opening, according to BoxOfficeMojo
Allyson Felix Opens Up About Tori Bowie And ‘The Reality Of Black Women Giving Birth In America’

Allyson Felix Opens Up About Tori Bowie And ‘The Reality Of Black Women Giving Birth In America’

From right to left: English Gardner, Allyson Felix, Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie of the United States celebrate winning gold in the Women’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | Source: Ian MacNicol / Getty

Decorated U.S. Olympian and maternal health advocate Allyson Felix opened up about the death of her former teammate Tori Bowie during a televised interview on Sunday morning.

The track star appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and addressed Bowie’s pregnancy-involved death last year, her own struggles during childbirth and the overall topic of Black maternal health.

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Felix recalled her own experience of being compelled to “hide” her pregnancy from her main sponsor Nike because of contractual reasons, calling it “a really isolating and lonely time, instead of a really – a time that we could celebrate.”

That tragic-turned-triumphant experience is in part what helped Felix become an advocate for maternal health, a topic she discussed and contextualized with her teammates’ complicated pregnancies as well as Bowie’s death in May of this year from complications from childbirth. Bowie was about eight months pregnant with a developed fetus when she was found dead, according to an autopsy.

Officials have speculated that Bowie’s death could have been brought on by a condition called eclampsia, which is defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a complication of pregnancy” that “usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had previously been in the standard range.” Notably, it can be deadly if left untreated.

Felix — with severe preeclampsia — gave birth to her son in 2018 after having to undergo an emergency C-section at 32 weeks. The life-threatening experience changed her life completely and now Felix looks to help others become aware of the maternity mortality crisis Black women face.

“This condition does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you have the – the best medical care. You can still suffer from it. And to me, it just really hurts my heart that my friend, Tori, passed away, and it brought this back to the forefront,” Fleix said. “But this has been happening, you know? This is the reality of Black women giving birth in America. And there are so many situations that are like this. And so I hate that it takes such a – a devastating loss, you know, to bring it back to the forefront. But it also is just such a motivation that, you know, we have to do better.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Black women dominate the maternal mortality rate with “significantly higher than rates for White and Hispanic women,” citing statistics from 2021. The disparity has nothing to do with education or socio-economic levels.

“Black women face disrespect, abuse, and mistreatment in facility-based settings like hospitals, at a much higher rate than other people of color, particularly, more so than white women,” Breana Lipscomb, senior advisor for Maternal Health & Rights at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told NewsOne in an interview last year. “We have to make sure that they are receiving safe and respectful care when they walk into a hospital.”

Click here to watch the full “Meet the Press” interview with Allyson Felix.


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