TKO: Racial Histories Of Oregon

Jan 30, 2017

The Keenest Observers is an occasional segment dealing with difference and inclusion in a place where the vast majority of people are white.

Map of Douglas County, Ore., 1964.
Credit An Oregon Canyon / Donnell Alexander

This month we look at how race is inscribed on Oregon geography.  Donnell Alexander is a filmmaker and writer, whose recent work documents place names and early African-American homesteaders. Randy Blazak is Chair of the Portland-based Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC). He speaks to the history of the KKK in Oregon, and the perennial re-emergence of white supremacist messaging through fliers, websites and radio programs.

They join Robert Goodwin for a conversation about how history remembers race and racism, and how that history lives today.