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Portland stabbing victims hailed as heroes following deadly Friday attack

  • Portland police have identified the victims in Friday’s stabbing on a Portland MAX light rail train as 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and 53-year-old Ricky John Best, the Washington Post reported. 
  • A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, survived the stabbing and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
  • The three men were allegedly stabbed by Jeremy Joseph Christian after coming to the defense of two Muslim women Christian was harassing. Christian was taken into custody on Saturday and is being held without bail. Read more. (5/28/2017 2:35 PM)

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how brave are you?

On Friday, several men were killed and injured while intervening in a hate crime against Muslims in downtown Portland. I know the man who was injured; he was my mentor when I was a Portland Youth Poet Ambassador, and he’s such a kind and lovely soul.

Today, I read an opinion column in The Oregonian that discussed their heroic actions. The author wrote, “We all hope we would rise up against that kind of vitriol, but the reality is, most of us would not. It makes what Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Rick Best and Micah David-Cole Fletcher did that much more extraordinary. It’s one thing to post on Facebook that you, too, would speak up in defense of a young Muslim woman. It’s quite another to actually do so in front of an armed and violent man.”

It’s very true–I don’t know if I could actually muster the courage to do what these men did. But we should all aspire to be as selfless and brave as they were, because if not us, then who? 

Dan Rather made an incredibly moving plea to 45 to speak up about Talesin Myrddin Namaki-Meche and Ricky John Best, the two men who were killed, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher, the man who was wounded, defending two teenaged girls against a racist attack (a terrorist attack)  in Portland.

45 won’t, of course.  Or not until someone hands him a scripted speech and tells him he doesn’t get his phone back until he delivers it.  Because these men stood brave against a white extremist of the Trumpian stamp, and 45 wants to ignore that group entirely, except when he can use them to his own benefit…

Survivor In Portland Train Stabbings Is An Autistic Poet

“Autistic people have often been accused of lacking empathy. It’s an easily disproved canard that autistic advocates have long and repeatedly explained. As with many things having to do with autism, non-autistic people mistake non-neurotypical responses to emotional situations as evidence that autistic people lack emotions or don’t sense or identify with the emotions of others. Those who like to rely on convenient narratives connecting what seems to be obvious instead of digging deeper–or, you know, asking autistic people–propagate the false impression that autistic people lack empathy. They don’t.”

BuzzFeed News: These Are The Victims Of The Portland Train Stabbing Attack

Julia Reinstein and Salvador Hernandez at BuzzFeed News: 

Two men were stabbed to death and another man was injured, on a commuter train in Portland, Oregon, Friday night, after they tried to intervene as a man shouted hate speech at two young women who appeared to be Muslim.

On Saturday, police identified Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, as the victims who were killed in the attack.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was identified as the third passenger who was stabbed but survived. He is currently being treated at a hospital for serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 35-year-old white supremacist, Jeremy Christian, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of second-degree intimidation, and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

Nearly $1m raised for victims of Jeremy Christian

Muslims in Portland thanked the community for its support as they raised money for the victims of a deadly attack on a train by an Islamophobic white supremacist. On Friday, Jeremy Joseph Christian - a 35-year-old who was known to authorities - fatally slit the throats of 53-year-old Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, after they stepped in to defend two girls Christian was bullying. One of the girls is Muslim and was wearing the hijab. A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was also stabbed in the attack. Fletcher - who in 2013 performed a poem condemning Islamophobia - is in serious condition in hospital, but expected to survive. “I am very thankful as a Muslim, I am very thankful as a Portlander … that we stand together here as one,” Muhammad Najieb, an imam at the Muslim Community Centre, told the AP news agency. The two young women “could have been the victims, but three heroes jumped in and supported them”, he said. Destinee Mangum, one of the girls Christian was abusing, told Fox 12 Oregon KPTV: “I just want to say thank you to the people that put their life on the line for me. They lost their lives because of me and my friend, and the way we looked.” Crying as her voice shook, she added: “I appreciate them. Without them, we probably would be dead right now.” A fundraising page launched by Najieb's group for the families of the victims, including the two young women, had raised $50,000 in its first hours. In total, various pages have raised almost one million dollars for the victims and their families. By the time of publishing on Monday, Muslims Unite for Portland Heroes had raised $326,593; Tri Met Hero Recovery (for the surviving victim) gathered $133,635; Girls who survived Portland’s MAX attack raised $13,084 and Tri Met Heroes received $365,056.

Anti-Muslim march to go ahead

On April 29, local reporter Mike Bivins filmed Christian at a march by the far right. In the footage, Christian was draped in an American Revolutionary War flag and could be seen performing a Nazi salute and heard shouting “Die Muslims. Die fake Christians. Die Jews”, as police watched on. Joey Gibson, who organised that rally, is behind another march planned for June 4. OPINION: How Muslim Ban incites vigilante Islamophobic violence While there was solidarity in the Oregon city, there were concerns of more unrest ahead of Gibson’s “Portland march against Sharia”. Similar rallies, held under the guise of free speech, are widely believed to be fascist in nature. “We gotta come together on June 4,” said organiser Joey Gibson, in a video posted to his Facebook page. “We need to stand up for what we believe in.” Gibson distanced himself from Christian in the clip, but urged his followers to pray for the suspect.

Extremist ideology

Police said they will examine what appears to be the extremist ideology of Christian, whose social media postings indicate an affinity for Nazis and political violence. The attack occurred on a light-rail train on the first day of Ramadan, the holiest time of the year for Muslims. Christian was being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a weapon. READ MORE: Portland victims of white supremacist killer identified He was arrested a short time after the attack when he was confronted by other men, and will face court on Tuesday. The FBI said it is too early to say whether the slayings qualify as a federal hate crime. However, Christian faces intimidation charges, the state equivalent of a hate crime. Court records show Christian served prison time for first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping after a crime committed 15 years ago, when he was 20, and theft and weapons charges were dismissed in 2010.

Trump’s silence

Several social media users questioned why Donald Trump, US president, and other Republicans had not addressed events in Portland. Here are some examples:
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