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Grants Pass Sees Uptick In Racist Messages

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Racism has flared anew in our country in recent years. 

Parts of our region were hospitable to racists, including Klan members, nearly a century ago.  But white supremacist recruiting posters have shown up in recent months in Grants Pass and other communities. 

Yes, there is free speech, but police also have some tools, in particular if it is hate speech.  Grants Pass Public Safety Chief Bill Landis talks about hate posters in his city and how police can respond.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is a reporter at Jefferson Public Radio, focusing on in-depth investigative journalism and data reporting. She advocates for journalists across Oregon as the president of the Greater Oregon Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.