The Trump/Barr goon gestapo in Portland is blatantly fascist on multiple levels but it also seems like the majority of analysis on this topic still VASTLY underestimates the degree to which it’s targeted GOP retribution against Portland’s penchant for *White liberalism/anarchy*.
In other words, this is yet another link in the chain of White on White crime for the purpose of maintaining White supremacy. It’s Kent State-esque and it’s meant to terrify White liberals, and more importantly, moderates away from becoming reliable allies to marginalized people.
Admittedly I find the whole thing ironic b/c over the yrs as I’ve discussed my POV on America’s endemic racism as a Black woman in TX, Portland (and OR in general) is invariably the location folk offer up as a prototype for liberal utopia, despite its history of White supremacy.
Oh and I’m not just talking about history from last century, I’m talking about *recent* White supremacist militia activity aka “very fine people on both sides” like Cliven Bundy & Co., whose terroristic threats somehow didn’t require a federal gestapo occupation to quell. Also:
The gist is it’s a-ok to be White anarchists in OR/Portland if you’re doing it for the sake of upholding the White supremacy at the root of the state’s founding, but if you stray from the path to the point of anti-fascism/anti-racism, you’ve gone too far.
Even more ironically, Portland (much like Austin, TX) enjoys a White liberal reputation for “getting it right” or more close to right than most even though POC who live there strongly beg to differ and have said so ever since Jim Crow allowed them to move into redlined areas. 🙃
Yeah you read it right, Portland is the Whitest city in America and it isn’t a coincidence that Trump/Barr/DHS chose to exact this oppression and terroristic abuse on a city full of White people who may be more “woke” than most but still never thought this could happen to *them*.
The whole gamble they’re making is that after incurring this level of White on White abuse, White people in Oregon (and Portland specifically) will become too terrified and discouraged to fight fascism/racism. This is an age-old “don’t be a race traitor” intimidation tactic.
It’s a stark moment of clarity when the goon gestapo has NO boundaries or scruples and DGAF how many White people it traumatizes, maims or kills and is actually taunting/daring White liberalism to either fight back or stand down while they institute apartheid for Trump/the GOP.
This moment of clarity isn’t confined to retribution against antifa or the average White liberal Portlander who likes to protest, it’s coupled with brazen attempts to undermine public health guidelines and the authority of *White Democratic* leaders across the entire state.
Circa 2017: “This direction of these ideas or these movements from the fringes, which they were, to the center -- from the little music clubs in Portland, I mean, to essentially the White House -- that's a huge reality of American life.” #GoonGestapo
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