Siege of Portland Day 15

Portland’s mayor has suspended the use of tear gas and antifa continues to fill downtown and besiege the Justice center–every night now for two weeks. Last night an acquaintance who’s an antifa sympathizer (I think) excitedly told me the police were using clubs to clear the streets. I drove downtown at about two in the morning to see small police units and paddy wagons–long vans with cops riding on outboard rails–chasing small groups off the streets here and there.

Portland’s new chief of police, a black guy replacing a white woman who quickly realized her privilege last Sunday and bailed out made space for a person of color, is talking about community policing–putting cops in closer contact with their community to establish trust–from behind barricades scrawled with various death-to-police slogans. As the city’s radical council members are busy carving up his budget–and attendant authority–to give to their “community”–of progressive organizations behind the rioting.

In Portland when “the community” is invoked it is not the community of tax-paying citizens of the city, but non-white and sexual minorities; most often perhaps “the community” is Portland’s small black population. Their anger–or the specter of it–is leveraged by the usual suspects here to gain power and loot the budget the way it does everywhere else, and just as everywhere else, the riots elicited a total collapse in any remaining resistance to plans that would have taken them years more to achieve.

Perhaps most disturbingly, they see no opposition ahead. The city council’s remote meetings are dominated by professional activist and social justice karens demanding defunding the police to fight white supremacy.

Meanwhile, the great “right wing terror” threat fails to materialize and the media is likely growing antsy about that.
It’s chilling to think we are just one contrived or blown-up (excuse the phrase) incident from further escalation–or one genuine incident, which, for any sane person, would not change the initial calculus. This remains a hoax based on the lie blacks are oppressed by whites, when in fact, as we see, they are a weapon in our oppression.

Two wretched homeless men will have to pay symbolically for our white privilege.

Two white men have been accused in separate instances of uttering racial slurs at two black TriMet employees and spitting on or chasing after the employees. A grand jury reviewed the cases of both defendants and ended up indicting them on charges of committing hate crimes.

The first defendant, Charles Eugene Bernbeck, grew agitated after the bus he was riding in had reached the end of the line in downtown Portland, at Southwest Park Avenue and Columbia Street, at about 7:15 a.m. on March 16, according to a probable cause affidavit. The bus driver, who is African American, told passengers to get off.

After Bernbeck couldn’t open the rear door because it was locked and the front door because he tried to open it the wrong way, he spat “a large amount of saliva” in the driver’s face, according to the affidavit. Some of the saliva ended up in the driver’s mouth, and Bernbeck repeatedly called the driver a racist slur, the affidavit states.
The driver got up and complained about what Bernbeck had just done, and Bernbeck moved toward the driver again but backed off and got off the bus when the driver picked up a metal bar, the affidavit states.
The grand jury indicted Bernbeck on counts of second-degree bias crime, harassment and interfering with public transportation.

 “I pledge to never again remain silent about my white privilege…”

According to a probable cause affidavit, an African American TriMet supervisor was at the Barbur Transit Center in Southwest Portland at about 9:40 a.m. May 26 when he saw Delong chasing after a bus and hitting the side of it.

Delong then turned his attention toward the 66-year-old supervisor by swinging his fists at the supervisor, screaming racist language and chasing the supervisor around a bench a couple of times, according to the affidavit. The supervisor pleaded with Delong to stop, and when he didn’t, the supervisor managed to run to his car and lock himself inside, according to the affidavit. The supervisor called police.

Delong told jailers that he’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and multiple personality disorder, and that he uses marijuana and alcohol daily and methamphetamine weekly. He said he was homeless.

“He just wanted to breathe, man.”

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