The city is known for its liberalism. But a racially charged double murder sheds light on an enduring current of militant racism
Ciaran Mulloy remembers how the neo-Nazis outnumbered the anti-racists in Portland in the 90s.
A union organiser and anti-fascist, he was was deeply involved in fighting against the far right’s infiltration of American youth culture in the 1980s and 90s. But when he arrived in the city in 1990, he said, “we were not prepared for what was out there in Portland”.