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What Aidan Ellison's Murder Says About Ashland And The Rogue Valley

Toren McKnight of Central Point draws on the cement at the vigil for Aidan Ellison outside the Jackson County Courthouse in Medford, Ore., on Dec. 3.
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Toren McKnight of Central Point draws on the cement at the vigil for Aidan Ellison outside the Jackson County Courthouse in Medford, Ore., on Dec. 3.

A murder in Ashland is exceedingly rare, so any incident will draw attention.

Aidan Ellison's murder drew far more because he was a young black man shot to death by a white man, say police. Ashland prides itself on being open-minded and welcoming, but can't shake a racist past and a present with a series of racist incidents.

We take up the discussion of the response to Ellison's murder with a panel including mixed-race couple and community trainers Mike and Emily Green, Ashland mayor-elect Julie Akins, and city councilor-elect Gina Duquenne.

Mentioned in the hour: Martin Luther King, Jr's book Why We Can't Wait.

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