Is Racism Un-Oregonian?

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Mon, 12/18/2023 - 9:00am to 10:00am

That’s what a former governor claimed in addressing the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant by racist skinheads thirty-five years ago. Elinor Langer knew different. This week Norm Diamond talks with Elinor about her 2003 book, One Hundred Little Hitlers, The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America. They talk about how the legal system, in focusing on “outside agitators,” relieved Portlanders from having to come to terms with racism in our fair city, and whether the response to the murder made any difference at all in stemming racism now.

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