We are in shock in Portland over the murder of two men and the wounding of another man.
These were men who stood up to a man verbally assaulting two young women on public transit. *
I like to think that most people would not look away.
I like to think that I would stand up for these girls.
It is sombering to think that doing so might cost me my life.
Two men did lose their lives coming to the defense of these young women. A third man was wounded.
Fear and Hatred
Sadly, Portland is not exempt from hatred, bigotry and racism.
But, many of us seek a better way because that is who we are…decent, law-abiding, caring people.
We believe in the rule of law.
We are all immigrants.
Our country is enriched and strengthened by the diversity of our people.
The Other Side of Portland
I was encouraged to see these signs in Portland.
Black Lives Matter on a lawn in a NE Portland neighborhood.
“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Sign on lawn in Portand, Oregon neighborhood.
How awful to know that no matter what you accomplish, no matter what kind of person you are, you are judged and threatened because of the color of your skin, your religion or your ethnicity.
God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home. **
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**God Bless America by Irving Berlin, an immigrant