From the Washington Post:
Two men were stabbed to death and one injured Friday on a light-rail train in Portland, Ore., after they tried to intervene when another passenger began “ranting and raving” and shouting anti-Muslim hate speech at two young women, police said.
Portland police on Saturday identified the two slain victims as 53-year-old Ricky John Best and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche.
A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
According to witnesses, a white male passenger riding an eastbound MAX train early Friday afternoon began yelling what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions,” police said. Some of the slurs were directed at two female passengers, one of whom was wearing a hijab, according to police.
“This suspect was on the train and he was yelling and ranting and raving a lot of different things, including what we characterized at hate speech or biased language,” Portland police spokesman Pete Simpson said at a news conference Friday evening.
At least two men tried to calm the ranting passenger down, but “they were attacked viciously by the suspect” when they did, Simpson said.
“It appears preliminarily that the victims — at least a couple of them — were trying to intervene in his behavior, deescalate him and protect some other people on the train when [the suspect] viciously attacked them,” Simpson said.
The hatred boiling over during these times holds no shame. Instead, it is masked as “pride”, but that kind of self-worth is an either-or mentality where one doesn’t have pride in themselves unless there is hatred for everyone they don’t consider worthy of respect.
The article continues:
Police identified the suspect early Saturday morning as 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, of north Portland. Christian is being held without bail on two counts of aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of intimidation in the second degree and one count of possession of a restricted weapon as a felon.
It should be noted that the article mentioned how Christian could be mentally ill:
“We don’t know if (the suspect) has mental-health issues or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or all of the above,” Simpson said. “With this incident, we’re obviously in early stages of the investigation.”
Or he could be a member of the hatred empowered by the rise of the alt-right white supremacy and is just an all-around jackass. The Portland Mercury reports:
Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing “March for Free Speech” on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He’d soon yelled racial slurs (“fuck all you n*****s”) and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled “Hail Vinland” throughout the day…
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Facebook page they said belonged to Christian showed he held racist, white supremacist and extremist beliefs. On that profile, the Facebook user said he supported creating a “White homeland” in the Pacific Northwest and declared on April 9 that he had “just Challenged Ben Ferencz (Last Living Nuremberg Persecutor) to a Debate in the Hague with Putin as our judge. I will defend the Nazis and he will defend the AshkeNAZIs.”
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When standing up to hate, especially when it becomes lethally violent, there’s always a risk. The two men who stood up to Christian were probably unaware that he was angry enough to not give a fuck. Sadly, both Ricky Best and Myrddin Meche paid with their lives while Fletcher survived when they stood up to the rage-fueled white supremacist. But this shouldn’t deter other people, including white people, from doing all they can to keep hatred from flourishing. If anything, this should fuel more people into preventing people like Christian from committing such violent acts in the name of their hollowed pride. It’s frightening, but white hatred must be stopped.
No, there is nothing prideful found in white supremacy. It is built on the hatred of nonwhites as an act of obedience to white skin and not much else. People like Christian do not have true self-love as they are more immersed in their disdain for all things not white or those who do not submit to a shallow philosophy that continues to manifest nonstop in this world.