What started out as a genuine protest and call for change has turned into nothing more but a hate-filled chain of riots across the nation.
The voices of black residents in places like Portland have been drowned out by the riots that have been going on by BLM and Antifa for over two months now.
The violence and chaos caused during the riots are being done by predominantly white Antifa extremists.
“It happens so much that the things that we care about get hijacked and get put on the back burner. And that just gets put into a big barrel with everything else,” said Neil Anderson, a Black business owner. “We all want the same thing. But so often we get drowned out.”
The Associated Press reported that black residents in Portland are feeling shut out:
Some feel the overwhelmingly white crowds of protesters — and particularly those committing vandalism — are co-opting the Black Lives Matter movement. Others welcome white demonstrators because with their larger numbers they can draw attention to the city’s racial inequity in ways that Black demonstrators alone can’t.
Some believe deeply that there can’t be a Black Lives Matter movement without defunding the police. Others say a recent vote to cut a specialized gun violence reduction unit is behind a sharp spike in shootings that’s devastated their community.
Primarily, there is a persistent worry that a critical opportunity for achieving racial justice in Portland’s tiny Black community could be lost.
Portland has been experiencing an astronomic increase of gun violence seeing triple the number of shootings in July compared to July of last year.
If that weren't enough, the Washington Post is now praising and worshipping the Antifa extremists with a profile highlighting the violence and making them out to look like heroes.
As Portland experiences more than 70 days of violent protests, riots, arson attacks, soaring homicides & shootings, @washingtonpost actually published a glowing photo essay on #antifa riot fashion. What is wrong w/reporter @Marissa_Jae & the editors there? https://t.co/uiqmwXT9cY pic.twitter.com/lJhrPW6avC
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2020
Photo Credit: Leah Nash/Washington Post
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