A community group wanting to derail racial inequities across Portland has kicked off an eye-catching campaign to raise public awareness of black men who've lost their lives in local police shootings—and the city's white supremacy problem. Over the past week, Portland Equity in Action has installed 25 billboards across the city driving this message home. Most (if not all) of them appear on the city's Eastside, spots like SE Division and 107th, SE Flavel and 82nd, NE Cully and Killingsworth, N Lombard and Wilbur, and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and NE Vancouver Way.
While some deliver straightforward messages like "Black Narrative", "Black Lives Matter", and "De-escalation Not Militarization", others highlight specific victims of violence. One displays a high school football photo of Larnell Bruce Jr., a 19-year-old Black and Latino man that police say was intentionally run over by white supremacists in August 2016. Another has a childhood photo of Terrell Johnson, the 24-year-old Black man shot and killed by a Portland transit officer May 2017, after he allegedly displayed a box cutter.