Recent train attack points to white supremacist past, calling some to question the city’s progressive credentials

#Portland, Oregon, is a bastion of #Liberal politics and progressiveworldviews, tolerance resting at the center of the city’s moral code. Many Americans were shocked, then, when Jeremy Christian stabbed and killed two men on a Portland-area train on May 27. Their offense? Intervening as Christian spewed slurs toward two female passengers dressed in conservative Muslim attire.

Christian’s social media sites have since revealed a life filled with mental health issues and #White Supremacist activism. But his crimes have also drawn attention to the city’s own racially charged history. Portland is a sort of urbanized irony; its left-leaning present is rooted in an intolerant past.

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