Late Friday afternoon, a white male on a MAX commuter train in Northeast Portland, Oregon brutally murdered two men and injured another who tried to stop his racist tirade against a pair of young Muslim women. According to KATU, a Portland-based ABC affiliate, witnesses were clear that it was a hate crime. One unnamed bystander said,
When the train stopped moving, the guy who stabbed them was cursing and he said, ‘This is free America, I can do whatever I want.'”
Another witness, Evelin Hernandez, described the attacker’s motivation:
He said, ‘Get off the bus, and get out of the country because you don’t pay taxes here,’ [he said he] doesn’t like Muslims, they’re criminals.'”
The two murder victims had their throats slashed, according to Police Sergeant Pete Simpson. A reporter from KATU posted preliminary footage of the police response following the attack, when only the fate of one man who died at the scene was known:
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The second victim was briefly hospitalized but died soon after. The third victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, reports said. After multiple witnesses came forward to cooperate, the suspect was captured in a nearby neighborhood. He remains in police custody and so far, his identity has not been released.
Folks, this is not some viral video of a racist mistaking an American (who happens to be brown) for an immigrant and unleashing an expletive-filled rant. This is not some dimwitted bigot at Wal-Mart telling another shopper to “go back to Mexico.” This is an actual murder, and if the victims hadn’t stood up to the attacker, the Muslim girls he went after with his hate would likely be dead.
Overall crime is declining in America — thanks, Obama! — but hate crimes are on the rise since the election of Donald Trump. That’s no surprise. He campaigned on a platform of exclusion and fear, and promised his hateful followers that he would ban Muslims and build a wall to keep out Mexicans.
He can’t seem to get either of those things done, and it looks like racists are taking matters into their own hands.
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