Somber Sunday…

This post is a sort of tribute to two heroes in Portland, Oregon. Most of you are probably unaware of, or even care about, the two men who gave their lives when they stood up to a mindless, inbred piece of racist filth on the MAX transit train on Friday evening. Friday, 26 May, marked the beginning of the Islamic holy observance of Ramadan, and two young Muslim women in hijabs were on the train, either heading to, or home from, a celebration of sorts. The asshole, who had a racist Facebook page just like James Harris Jackson and Sean Christopher Urbanski, the diseased pieces of white trash who murdered Timothy Caughman back in March, and Richard Collins III a mere two weeks ago. Again, this useless waste of air, space, and skin used a knife to take the lives of these men who took it upon themselves to defend two women who had done nothing but take public transportation on a Friday night in a city which is supposedly civilized, diverse, and “tolerant.”

54-year-old Rick Best, an Army veteran, and 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, a recent graduate of Reed College, are the two selfless men who were brutally murdered for standing up to hate. From CNN:

Dozens of people gathered on Saturday around a circle of flowers and photos to honor a recent college graduate and an Army veteran who were fatally stabbed on a Portland commuter train. The two men were killed after they intervened when a man allegedly yelled what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” at two women on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

A third victim, a poet, survived the attack, but is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries. A suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, has been arrested on aggravated murder charges. Federal authorities are trying to determine whether Christian will face hate crimes as a memorial with flowers and notes for the victims grows across from the train station where one of the men died. The victims’ families, friends and Portland residents gathered Saturday at a nearby grassy area. They shared a few words about their loved ones while others praised their courage.

Note, also, that the murdering scumbags in each of these cases utilized various social-media outlets to spread their filth and hate. This is one of the main reasons I choose to not use Facebook, and every single one of you who use it and don’t speak out against the mindless hate and covert racism that you see on those platforms on a daily basis, are just as culpable as those who actively spread the hate are. You think that ignoring racism, hate, and bullying will make it go away. You tell yourselves that you’re not like “those people,” when, in fact, you are exactly like them. It’s sad, and a bit pathetic, to see otherwise intelligent people shoving their heads in the sand or up the rectal orifices of shallow, self-absorbed twats. Doing the right thing is certainly never easy, and is almost always painful. It still has to be done, no matter the cost. Those two heroes paid the ultimate price for doing the right thing. I hope that their families, and the families of those two women, unite in the fight against hate-mongers and mindless, racist filth. Making an example of that disgusting murderer, Jeremy Joseph Christian, as well as filth like James Harris Jackson, Sean Christopher Urbanski, and their ilk is something that should unquestioningly be supported, spoken about, and fought for. Stop supporting hate. Stop making excuses for racists. Speak out when you see something wrong being done. I don’t see how asking others to unite against bigotry and bullying is complaining or whining. I’m asking for unity, not division.

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