Tonight I attempted to join a protest in Portland, I quickly realized it was not going to be peaceful and extricated myself. Less than an hour late they had destroyed part of a local park and as it stands now the ‘protest’ has just totalled multiple cars in a car dealership, and broke the window of almost every car in the lot… This is not how we defeat Donald Trump. This is how we play into his hands.
I am going to go get royally drunk, attempt to gain back my optimism for the morning, and try to pretend all the fucktards out there “protesting” aren’t part of my species.
EDIT: Just realized that we can look forward to seeing images and videos of this shit happening plastered allll over the news tomorrow. I wonder if I have anything stronger than Vodka in the house?
I understand your sense of frustration. But people are angry and tired of being constantly brutalized. I think too many people have spent their lives playing by the rules, and then we get Orange muppet hitler for president. And as RTJ have said…
I don’t know, but it’s maybe some of all three going on? First, it’s people genuinely pissed. You say that’s not the case, but it could be for some, right? Any large scale gathering is going to have lots of people with differing agendas. Second, it can be some of those who just want to watch the world burn, as you suggest. Third, people there to cause a riot for the purposes of discrediting this sort of protest in the future.
I understand you’re upset and frustrated, and this isn’t how you want this to go down. But I do think you’re underestimating the anger, fear, and frustration that’s out there.
This hurts. I can’t describe how much this hurts. I was born and raised in this city, this is my home. I just watched it get Butchered for no reason. There was no message, no meaning, just destruction. I am crying for the future of this movement right now. There are tears running down my face.
I think this is to be expected. People are angry and frustrated. It’s easy for things to spill over, and/or for bad actors to take advantage of events. cf. the London (and the rest of England) riots in 2011. I think there may be a lot of this over the next four years.
I suspect the May Day protests are going to be something else next year. They’re pretty big here in Seattle generally (hell, could see repeats of the Battle?).
I really like the Pearl District. Pretty awful to see things like this happening to places you know. Be safe.
Since my head is a little clearer now, I have noticed something that is probably to be expected, but still interesting: The majority of the people who were breaking shit were white and male, the Portland Police have been happy in the past to push around BLM protesters with pepper spray and use of force but they took ages to actually do anything to the rioters.
Now I’m off to get fucking plastered because I’m going to need quite a few more drinks if I want my morning hangover to be more pleasant than what I just watched.
I used to live in Portland; it is a strange mix of people, including some horrible racists on the outskirts, and police with very itchy trigger fingers. Looking at the news reports the damage doesn’t seem that bad, I’d worry more about the police getting overzealous. All too often riot+police=police riot.
I am not going to lie, I was very upset last night and my comments here might have reflected that in a… well lets just go with “inappropriate and hyperbolic” way. It has definitely been a stressful year, month, week, day, hour, etc. for all of us.
The only thing we can ask from each other is our patience and understanding while everyone works through their election related and personal shit. So I understand your response to my anger and I recognize it.
I am not going to apologize for what I said, because when I said it I meant it. Similarly you shouldn’t have to apologize for what you said, however I do want to recognize that my comment was in many ways wrong and offer you my patience and understanding.
I think I was trying, and failing, to make a joke. Some sort of fromthehood Portlandia satire nonsense.
I vowed not to yell at people on the internet any more, so I took a break for a while. Things have been a bit hazy on evening occasions since Tuesday. I’m working on it, but I just need to put the fucking phone back down.