Andre Gladen's family on Friday, Feb. 22, shortly after speaking with city officials. Alex Zielinski



This isn't any surprise. Because of my work I've lived in quite a few cities - Dallas, Austin, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Washington DC, and my hometown Seattle - and in many ways I'm finding Portland to be the most racist. Dallas has a reputation (because Texas) but things are more out in the open; there isn't an army of compulsively hip white people with progressive reputations to protect pretending that they're above that sort of thing. My workplaces in all the above mentioned cities were much more diverse than anything I've experienced here. The conversations about uncomfortable topics were more open. The closed people I've met here aren't Proud Boys or PP types, they're ordinary Portlanders who'd be surprised to learn that they're not living in the City on the Hill.

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