CBS to air special on history of white supremacy in Portland
CBS' 24/7 digital streaming news service, CBSN, will broadcast a special focusing on Portland's (and Oregon's) white supremacist history.
The special, called "Portland Race Against the Past," will air three times on Oct. 30, starting at 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
On its website, a preview of the special discusses how Portland's "image as a bucolic, progressive haven in the Pacific Northwest is a 'mask' that hides a racist past and a troubling white supremacist present, according to people who know it best."
It will discuss the case of Jeremy Joseph Christian, a white supremacist who is charged with killing two people who tried to intervene when Christian was yelling racial slurs at two girls on a MAX train in May. A third person slashed in the throat survived. It will show footage of various protests and clashes between groups.
It will dive deeper into Oregon's history, discussing the state's overall history, including that there were racist laws preventing blacks from entering the state.
These topics have been in the media in recent years, including a piece in the Atlantic in 2016: "The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America."
CBSN is free and doesn't require a subscription. Watch here: www.cbsnews.com/live/