Historic landmarks meeting in Oregon stopped by racist, homophobic slurs

Mount Olivet Baptist Church in North Portland is up for consideration by the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation. (Oregon Parks and Recreation Department)

SALEM - Racist and homophobic slurs interrupted a virtual session last week of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, causing the two-day meeting to be canceled.

The interruption happened less than an hour after the six-hour meeting started. Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, said the committee had progressed through a few items when one person or more started typing racist and homophobic slurs in the chat feature of Zoom and in the question-and-answer section. 

They also posted the home addresses of some of the nine committee members, who are appointed by the governor.

Participants were shocked and horrified, Havel said. Organizers . . .