aside Terrorism In Portland By White Supremacist And Acts Of Heroism On 5/26/17

Fatal Stabbing Portland
Standing up to hate. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

The horrific act on 5/26/17 by a White Supremacist’s brutal knife-stabbing attack against three brave men who came to the rescue of two young Muslim women on a Portland, Oregon train ride, was no less an act of terrorism than what the republican President Donald Trump has been warning Americans to be fearful of, from Muslim refugees seeking asylum in the USA.

There were two men killed in this hate-filled act of terrorism and a third man has been hospitalized due to knife wounds.

I WOULD EXPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP to speak out personally against this rising tide of Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry and racism in our country that he has callously provoked through his numerous statements and policies that have had a negative impact on minority communities. Frankly, his POTUS tweet is not an acceptable response.

As per the 5/29/17 Guardian report by Bonnie Malkin and Martin Pengelly, “After pressure mounted on Donald Trump to comment on the racist attack in Portland, Oregon that left two women dead on Friday 5/26/17), the president said on Monday (5/29/17) the attack was “unacceptable”.

Trump’s words were broadcast on the @POTUS Twitter account, rather than the more commonly used @RealDonaldTrump, on Monday morning, shortly before Trump marked Memorial Day with a speech at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

“The violent attacks in Portland on Friday (5/26/17) are unacceptable,” the tweet read. “The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”

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RICK BEST

 

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Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche
In this photo, Micah Fletcher is reading poetry on a MAX train on Memorial Day weekend, 2016. This year, he was one of three men attacked with a knife by a man accosting two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Micah is the only one to survive. (Credit: Annalise Reinhardt)
Micah Fletcher, Autistic poet and PSU student is the sole survivor of those stabbed

“A third victim, college student Micah David-Cole Fletcher, also tried to intervene and was also stabbed. He is recovering from surgery at a local hospital, the Oregonian reports.”

“He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil,” wrote Asha Deliverance Namkai-Meche on Facebook. Her family also released a statement to the press: “In his final act of bravery, (Taliesin) held true to what he believed is the way forward.”

“Rick Best was a Portland city employee and a veteran who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “My heart goes out to the family of Rick Best,” writes Portland city commissioner Chloe Eudaly in a statement. “And as a veteran, he served our country with honor and distinction. He stood up for two young women and others he didn’t even know—all because he wanted to help.”

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On 5/29/17, Thatcher Schmid of the LA Times penned the following report, “White supremacist arrested in fatal stabbing of two men after anti-Muslim rant in Portland.”

Excerpts:

“A 35-year-old white supremacist with a criminal record has been arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths Friday of two men on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., who intervened when he began to hurl anti-Muslim epithets at two women, one who was wearing a head scarf, police said.”

“Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland was jailed early Saturday on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felony possession of a restricted weapon. He is being held without bail, and could face additional charges, police said.”

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Jeremy Joseph Christian

“The incident occurred on the Metropolitan Area Express light-rail line — known as MAX —during rush hour Friday. The two men who were killed appear to have stepped in to protect the women from racial slurs. One of the men was identified in a Facebook post by his mother as Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, a recent graduate of Reed College.”

“Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, My dear baby boy passed on yesterday while protecting two young Muslim girls from a racist man on the train in Portland,” the post said. “He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love you forever.”

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“Larry Blackwood, who was riding in an adjacent car as the train filled with commuters pulled in tothe Hollywood light-rail station, described hearing a woman’s “gut-wrenching” scream: “He’s stabbing people, he’s stabbing people!”

Blackwood jumped off the train, he said, and faced a horrific scene.

Image result for photos of Jeremy Joseph Christian“As I ran off the MAX, I seen two people bleeding out of their necks,” said Blackwood, 27, who was on his way home from work as a lunchtime cook at Portland City Grill. “Literally from the front to the back (of the car), there was blood everywhere. There was a man screaming, ‘Please, help my son, he needs a doctor!’”

“Witnesses describe his verbal behavior as wide-ranging in the ethnicities he was yelling about,” Simpson said. “I wouldn’t say he was just focused on one particular religion or ethnicity; I would say he was ranting about many things.”

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Jeremy Joseph Christian

“A Facebook profile that appears to belong to Christian contains neo-Nazi statements such as, “Yep. Im a nazi (sic)” “Hail Vinland” and “I will defend the Nazis.” The page is filled with vitriol including, “I want a job in Norway cutting off the heads of people that Circumcize (sic) Babies”) and shows Christian to have been a participant in right-wing rallies this year in Portland.”

“Imam Mikal Shabazz, director of the Oregon Islamic Chaplains Organization, said late Friday that Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman’s office made it clear to him they view the incident as a hate crime.”

“More than the fact that this individual was alleged to have made Islamophobic statements, when the chief’s office called, they did confirm that they’ve come to the conclusion that this is a hate-related crime, and they held off doing so until they had enough reason to say, ‘Yes, this is what it was,’” Shabazz said.”

Image result for photos of Jeremy Joseph Christian“Certainly it’s not lost on us that this horrific act occurred on the beginning of Ramadan,” Simpson said. “While we don’t yet know the motivations behind the attack, what we do know is there was some hate speech used leading up to the attack, and that’s certainly very concerning.”

“Police are asking the public for help and hoping to obtain statements from other witnesses — starting with the two young Muslim women, one of whom reportedly was wearing a hijab.”

“There have been recent hate crimes in metro Portland, which has a larger white population than many large U.S. cities. Last year, 19-year-old Larnell Bruce, who was black, was runover and killed by an admitted white supremacist in a parking lot in Gresham, a suburb.”

“It’s just starting to reverberate out through the community what actually happened,” Shabazz said.

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“Musse Olol, chairman of the Somali American Council of Oregon, got the news after leaving a meeting with police and Muslim leaders to talk about security during Ramadan. Normally, he said, he would spend the first hours of the holy month worshiping.”

“Instead, Friday night he was working the phones until the wee hours.”

“It’s the timing, that is what makes it very difficult,” Olol said. “It’s close to home. It’s too close for comfort. It’s worrisome.”

“In the face of the tragedy, Muslim leaders focused on the actions of the passengers who intervened.”

“Olol wept as he spoke of the two men who died.”

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VIGIL

“Most of the imams I talked to wanted to know who were these good Samaritans,” he said. “These two guys are the heroes. The story should be about them, not the terrorist and the girls who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“Shabazz said, “What they did reminds us of the courage and the decency and the humanity that will rise above the hatred, the bigotry and all the other negative things that’s going across the board.”

“Shabazz and Olol said it was hard to gauge how the attack might affect Portland Muslims’ feelings of safety.”

Image result for photo of larry blackwood of portland“Blackwood, who posted a Facebook Live video of the incident, is credited as being among three passengers who pursued the assailant and alerted police.”

“Those people providing the 911 updates led officers to finding” the suspect, Simpson said.

“Blackwood said he didn’t think about it; he simply jumped into action.”

“I heard kids screaming. I heard a woman scream clear as day, ‘He’s stabbing people,’ and that’s when I jumped up and said, I’m gonna stop him,” Blackwood said.”

“Passengers described a suspect with no shirt, long hair and shorts. Blackwood spotted the man fleeing on a walkway above the platform, he said.”

 

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“He began following, and at one point, Blackwood said, the man turned and pulled his knife, but didn’t attack. The three men kept an eye on the suspect as“he stopped in, like, a bus terminal area, and was washing blood off himself and putting a shirt on,” Blackwood said.”

“Then police showed up, and an officer trained an AR-15 rifle on the suspect. Blackwood said the suspect tried to commit “suicide by cop,” but police were able to apprehend him without incident.”

“He didn’t put down his knife, and he was saying, ‘Do it, just shoot me,’” Blackwood said. He described the suspect as “incredibly agitated” and possibly high on methamphetamine.”

“Blackwood’s voice broke as he spoke of the sacrifice of the two men who died.”

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Musse Olol (L)

“I definitely feel the two gentlemen who stepped up, those two are heroes. They stepped up out of the sheer kindness of their hearts,” he said.”

“A makeshift memorial was placed for the victims at the Hollywood station, and a vigil was planned Saturday night.”

“We’d like to pass our condolences to the families of these two individuals who lost their lives,” Olol said.”

This blog was last updated on 5/29/17.

19 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    With the placing of what many people have called a racist, white supremacist , or perhaps just a simple bigot into the highest office of this nation, does the rise of this type of criminal activity surprise anyone? Just a few minutes of reading the responses on almost any MSN post involving the tRump, will quickly show the true nature of the typical voter for the person placed into the office. The nation is sick, and it is still too early to determine if it is an illness that will result in death! People can say what they wish, but with out equality for all citizens there can be no democracy!!

  2. This is so sad, why can’t ppl just get along. Awaiting Trump’s next tweet…

    “Blackwood said the suspect tried to commit “suicide by cop,” but police were able to apprehend him without incident.”

    Also noteworthy, if Mr. “Christian” was a black man… well I’m sure police would be more than happy to accommodate him.

    Interesting that race is still an issue today, and ppl cannot find love in their hearts.

    • Dear1EarthUnited,

      I had similar thoughts. What bothers me is that there are those questioning whether the Lt. Richard Collins III (BLACK VICTIM)STABBED TO DEATH BY WHITE SUPREMACIST ON 5/20 AT U OF MARYLAND WAS EVEN A HATE CRIME.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    We now have a new twist into the JK episode, and more reason that he will have to disappear from the radar for a while! This person sitting in the white house is doing all he can to destroy the very republic that he allegedly leads…

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/grassley-wants-review-of-chinese-companys-marketing-of-deal-with-jared-kushners-family/ar-BBBDVPY?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U453DHP

    Ok, the green card for money is not new, but what is happening is! It seems that even a Republican Senator is finally getting enough of this nonsense to start to speak out!!

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I will read your reference in a bit and thanks for forwarding it. I saw the word Chinese and I guessed what the story is about. The president has extended the EB5 visas which means if someone buys into one of the Kushner’s properties (via JK’s sister) to the tune of over $500,000.00 he/ she can qualify for this visa.

      This should be prohibited.

      Ciao, Gronda

  4. The only part of your post I’d disagree with Gronda is where you say Trump has inadvertently provoked this bigotry and racism. If it were inadvertent he would as leader of his Country be the first to condemn any and all racist attacks verbal or physical. Despite being expert now at tweeting he’s done nothing leading me to believe he knows exactly what he’s doing. I can’t help but believe that the 50% of Americans who supported /support him must be racist too or given his inadequacy in the job and his intent to destroy all vestiges of Government, they’d be deserting him in droves.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Dear David Prosser,

      You are so right on all accounts. I just updated the blog accordingly.because he has been deliberately turning a blind eye to the alt-right. This translates into a signal where haters feel more empowered to act out.

      Ciao, Gronda

  5. Two heroes dead. One injured.
    It is high time that neo-Nazi groups should be given the same treatment as the ISIS/ Al-Qaeda and their affiliates; I make no apologies for this- not having come from the generation whose fathers fought in WWII against these ideologies.
    Some will question the effect on democracy; my answer is that these hate-mongers are the ones who would take it from you. There can be no toleration for Intolerance. And it the duty of the Govt. to ensure society is purged of these folk (just to clarify that means re-education and if necessary imprisonment. Better 10 of them should serve time than one child cries because of their despicable actions)
    Sorry about that Gronda, I’m in UK socialist rant-mode (just wait until I get a chance to start on socialists who carry on in a mirror image way).

    • Dear Roger,

      I couldn’t agree more. These White Supremacists should not be granted aid and favor by our government as the White House turns a blind eye to their hate crimes rendered in the name of White Supremacy because republicans want their votes. How sick is that!

      As these guys go to bed with vipers, then they can’t claim surprised at the negative consequences

      These White Supremacists should be granted the same status as any terrorist group.They are no different. Notice that no one is asking if these guys pretend to be Christians.

      Ciao, Gronda

  6. Dear Gronda … great post! As so often happens, you and I write about the same event, but from slightly different perspectives. This post brought a tear to my eyes … this was such a tragic, unnecessary event, yet sadly, a statement of the times we live in. And there is no doubt in my mind that Trump has invited these creatures such as Jeremy Christian, Dylan Roof and others to come out from under their rocks and spew their hatred.

    Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dear Jill,

      To me, the existence and actions of these White Supremacists are more dangerous than foreign terrorists coming to our shores to do us harm. We have our own home grown terrorists. Why even the mentally ill in the USA can easily buy guns.

      If you are on a terror watch list, no problem.These are the factors that scare me, and these fears are based on reality.

      Folks forget about terrorist like Timothy McVeigh. Notice that no one asks if these terrorists are of the Christian faith.

      Hugs, Gronda.

      • I fully agree! Just in the past few years … Adam Lanza, Dylan Roof … homegrown terrorists indeed. And yes, the majority of people in this country are more willing to fight for their “right” to have a gun … or many guns … than they are to fight for truth and justice. Sigh.
        Hugs!!!

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