Race In The Northwest
Portland’s inaugural Freadom Festival celebrates Black literacy and liberation
The new book festival marks a surge of interest in the city’s Black literary community. Spelled f-r-e-a-d-o-m, it aims to highlight the connection between literacy and the Juneteenth holiday, which marks the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.
A century ago, the Ku Klux Klan terrorized Southern Oregon
One hundred years ago, members of notorious hate group the Ku Klux Klan staged a series of so-called "night riding" attacks in Southern Oregon.
Symbols of white supremacy confront Redmond teen
Protests have brought attention to racism in systems, actions and beliefs. But as 15-year-old Lily Gallentine discovered, hate can also take shape in objects at a store, and even on her doorstep.
Portland took these Black families’ homes. Some of their descendants want reparations.
City Council could tap into more funds for affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland. But some descendants of those who lost businesses and homes say that won’t make up for promises broken or a community torn apart.
Portland to open applications for $500 gift cards for pandemic relief for 3 hours on Thursday
The application will open Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the city’s PDXAssist website. Unlike past gift card giveaways organized by the city, the cards will not be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis. Instead, 4,000 applications submitted in the three-hour window will be chosen through a lottery.
Southern Oregon grapples with shooting death of Black teen Aidan Ellison
The gathering commemorated the life of a Black teenager who was recently killed in Ashland. A white man has been charged with second-degree murder in Ellison's death.
For Immigrants' Son, Vietnam Trip Led To More Conservative Worldview
Andy Ngo's attitudes toward race, already evolving, underwent a sharp change a few years ago when he traveled to Vietnam for the first time.
A Black Comic In Oregon Tells — And Rethinks — Jokes About Race
D. Martin Austin is a black, queer comic in Portland, and they say white audiences expect them to make jokes about race.
An American Of Japanese Descent Sees The Foreignness In Herself
OPB is asking people across the Pacific Northwest to talk about the role race plays in their daily lives. In this installment, a woman of Japanese descent who recently learned a stark lesson about her own unconscious attitudes toward what it means to be an American.
A World Of Perspective Leads To A More Optimistic View On Race
OPB is asking people in the Pacific Northwest to talk about the role race plays in their daily lives. In this installment, a man whose experiences around the world give him a unique perspective on America’s debates about race.