One hundred and seventy years after the forced removal of Kalapuya people from the Willamette Valley, Eugene City Council continues manufacturing lucrative land deals like 1059 Willamette and Riverfront to benefit white political insiders.
Indigenous people lived and thrived in the area called “chanchifin,” encompassing present day Eugene and Springfield. After contact, while the white population swelled (300,000 today), the Indigenous population in Eugene/Springfield fell precipitously to 4,674. From 100 percent of the population, the Indigenous population fell to 1.5 percent. This population decline can be described as genocide.
Policy makers, like city councilors and city managers, accomplish genocide through dislocation and economic and physical violence (sticks) against non-white and dislocated people to facilitate wealth accumulation (carrots) for insiders who share policy makers racist and classist ideologies.
Policy makers like the…