Friday, July 7, 2017

White Supremacists Part of Annual Oregon Fair

Every July, in Veneta, Oregon (stone's throw from my town of Eugene) the Oregon Country Fair (OFC) happens. Every time I go, I want to run away and join the rainbow circus. No, really, I do. The urge to just sell and donate the bulk of my possessions, and jumping in a camper to live off the grid, is a strong one. I haven't been to the OCF in years, for a variety of reasons, including the cost, but every July, I have a "I'm there in spirit" vibe within. Until I read this piece by Eugene Antifa, who brings our attention to the fact that the OFC welcomes white supremacists to the Fair:

Home: The Oregon Country Fair, held the second weekend of July every year in Veneta, Oregon, will once again be host to white supremacists Jenn and Aaron Laskey. The Laskeys will be receiving their weekend overnight passes through the Recycling Crew and will be camped in Miss Piggy's campground. It is ironic that a gathering known for its hippie-peace-and-love attitude would harbor Islamophobes, racists, and white supremacists. While the Oregon Country Fair describes itself as creating "events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways," we contend that Jenn and Aaron's participation violates the OCF Code of Conduct and their toxic presence threatens the safety of other Fair goers. (Eugene Antifa)

Like all things, the acceptance of white supremacists into the Oregon Country Fair is a sign of appropriation by mainstream culture. There's the veneer of inversion, counter-culture, freedom, etc. but, the high cost of admission, combined with the allowing of white supremacists, gives a different message. A monkey wrench thrown into the counter culture ideal.

There's also this:
 Living in the Eugene-Springfield and Creswell area, the Laskey family continues to embed itself not only in the networking of neo-Nazi and white nationalist circles, but they also attempt to embed and infiltrate themselves in alternative community circles such as the pagan community,… (Eugene Antifa)
In my experience, I have found it disturbing, creepy and just plain weird that there is a distinct white supremacist element in some pagan groups.


Dennis said...

Been to faire many times, never encountered any white power people. Create peace.87

Regan Lee said...

I don't know the story behind the story, just what I read in this article. But if it IS so -- that white power people with their agendas are allowed to vend at the OCF, that is the issue. Not if you personally have encountered them or not.