05-25-2018  7:45 am      •     
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NEWS BRIEFS

Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than jumi billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30....

Douglas County suspends recycling service due to Chinese ban

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Douglas County Landfill and transfer stations, along with its recycling partner, will be suspending all recycling efforts in the county.The News-Review reports that the operations will be suspended June 1. The Douglas County Public Works Department in a statement...

The highest-paid CEOs by state

Here are the top-paid CEOs by state for 2017, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.The survey considered only publicly traded companies with more than jumi billion in revenue that filed their proxy statements with federal regulators between Jan. 1 and April 30....

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.Instead, the league's oldest coach has spent the past...

OPINION

Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Students hand back in yearbook after racial slur is pictured

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Students at a coastal Georgia high school are being asked to hand back in their yearbooks after a racial slur made for some bad memories.The Savannah-Chatham County school district tells news outlets that the publisher has recalled the Windsor Forest High School yearbook...

Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living.High-flying and flamboyant, he refused to live by the unwritten rules of American society in the early 1900s. That made him a target, and that eventually cost him his freedom after being convicted of...

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Daniel Craig to return as 007 in 2019, Danny Boyle at helm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Craig is back as Bond, the spy series' producers confirmed, in a Danny Boyle-directed film due for release in 2019.Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions announced Thursday that production on the 25th official James Bond thriller...

Rose McGowan on Weinstein: 'One win is a win for all of us'

NEW YORK (AP) — She was one of the earliest Harvey Weinstein accusers, and she thought the mogul might never face justice in a court of law.Now, actress Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her 20 years ago, is gratified but "still in shock" at his surrender Friday in a...

Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

For CEOs, .7 million a year is just middle of the pack

NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year,...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children...

Veterans, discharged and jobless, seek hiring-rules changes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often...

The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local):6 p.m.Syria state-run media says...

49 dead after boat capsizes on Congo River tributary

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese officials say at least 49 people have died after a boat tipped over on the...

Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

TORONTO (AP) — An explosion caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children...

Oregon GOP angry mob FB photo
By Donovan M. Smith | The Skanner News

From April until late last week, the Oregon Republican Party’s Facebook page had a cover image that raised a few eyebrows.

The image features four dolls or action figures, standing side-by-side looking at the viewer. One bears an axe held high. Next to him is a man bearing a rifle. The next action figure clinches a pitchfork between his fist, while the last holds a club-like item in one hand while raising his clinched fist high.

The image, uploaded on April 19, remained the party’s cover photo up until June 26, following some comments on the page asking what message the image meant to send.

After receiving a call from a reader who said the image looked like a lynch mob, The Skanner contacted  the Oregon Republican Party for comment.

A woman identifying herself as the executive director declined to comment but said she would forward us to the Chair Bill Currier and vice chair Tyler Smith, who never followed up despite multiple attempts by The Skanner’s staff to make contact.

A reverse look-up of the image in question using Google revealed the possible origins of the photo, which shows up as the first result when searching for “angry mob” on Wikipedia.

“So Oregon Republicans are an angry mob now?” June 25 commenter Murray Sampson writes. “My Republican friends sure aren't. I'd guess they'd be embarrassed by this photo.”

The following day Carmen Carballo Bueck, the only other to remark on the photo on the group’s page expressed similar concerns writing, “Not sure how this is an appropriate representation of Republicans. I am new to the PNW, is violence or threats the method for getting things done in Oregon?”

NAACP Portland Chapter President Jo Ann Hardesty, when tapped for comment by The Skanner, says in the grand scheme of things this Facebook image “nears meaningless,” and that she has no problem with militancy as represented by dissatisfied mobs.

“It’s not up to me to castigate Republicans,” says Hardesty, a former member of the Oregon legislature. “No Democrats stood up against blanket exemptions in the state’s open records laws for evidence coming from police body cameras. Republicans have parity with Democrats in bringing people of color to the state legislature. Neither party values leadership development for folks currently on the downside of power.”

University of Vermont professor Jim Loewen, who’s done extensive research on “sundown towns” across the country, including Oregon called the image “alarming.”

Sundown towns were places that, either by law or custom, excluded Blacks and Asians from living in these specific cities, or being present in them after dark.

Loewen says there were several sundown towns in Oregon. His research suggests Albany, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Eugene, and Salem might all have been sundown towns.

Given that history, Loewen says, “To have an angry mob, menacing the viewer at sundown—that’s alarming.”

Previous cover images on the group’s Facebook include a mural of musket-bearing Union soldiers in battle, elder war veterans saluting, a man steering a John Deer tractor with two American flags, and a war scene from the medieval war-drama Braveheart starring Mel Gibson.

This past Saturday the Oregon Republican Party hosted noted Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, noted for a tough stance on illegal immigration,  to Salem for a speech and fundraiser. About 100 people protested Arpaio’s appearance.

Though Democrats are the majority in the Oregon legislature this year, they only slightly maintain that edge—with a 35-25 split with Republicans in the House and an 18-12 advantage in the Senate.

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