Portland: Is your white fragility showing?


Outdoor billboards are a traditional form of advertising and — for many commuters — just another sign you pass while on the road. But over the last few months, a collection of billboards have been catching folks’ attention with their messages — and even making some feel uncomfortable:

“Black Lives Matter”

“De-escalation, Not Militarization”

“Portland…Is Your White Fragility Showing?”

Those are just three of the seven designs that have gone up on billboards across Portland so far. The messages have appeared in more than 25 locations.

The PDX Billboard project launched late in the spring. It’s the second public anti-racism visual campaign from a group called PDX Equity in Action that spawned out of community meetings and a working group that focused on racial equity. Check out the full story

By Erica Morrison, OPB

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