Racism is alive and well in America. Which should not surprise us, given its long history in the country.
Few places would admit to being "sundown towns" now, but many once bore that moniker; they were places where African-Americans were expected to be out of town by sundown, at the risk of limb or life.
James Loewen began researching sundown towns, expecting to find maybe 50 across the country. He found thousands, including Grants Pass and others in our region.
His book is called Sundown Towns, and he visits the Exchange with the unpleasant details.