Stabbing Survivor Says Portland Has a 'White Savior Complex'

Alvin Kelly
June 8, 2017

The family of a man accused of killing two people who tried to stop a tirade involving anti-Muslim and other "hate speech" aboard a Portland train last week has expressed condolences to the victims.

Fletcher then stood up and pushed Christian hard enough to make him stumble, the affidavit said.

A third victim, 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who was also stabbed in the attack but managed to survive, attended the court hearing.

Like the letter she penned to President Donald Trump on Memorial Day, the photos of Deliverance emphasize the importance of Americans uniting to comfort one another and defend marginalized people from bigotry - the way her son and Best did on that train. Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab on the train Friday, when three men on the train intervened. "But we do hope to lessen their families' burdens in some way and also show our heartfelt appreciation for their heroic acts against Islamophobia", they wrote.

While being transported to the police station, according to an affidavit, Christian showed no remorse, and said he was "happy" that he stabbed the men.

Fletcher, a student at Portland State University, told USA Today on Tuesday that he's still "healing" from the May 26 attack. "I want you to imagine that for a second, being a little girl on that MAX", Fletcher said.

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Magnum spoke out days after the attack, thanking the three men who supported her and her friend.

"We need to remember that this is about those little girls", he said. This man is screaming at you. His body is a gun. His face is a pile of knives. "The Muslim community, especially in Portland, needs to understand that there are a lot of us that are not going to stand by and let anybody-whether they are from here or not-scare you into thinking you can't be a part of this town, this city, this community, or this country", he added.

On Wednesday, Mangum met Fletcher at his house, where he's been recuperating, and gave him a t-shirt that reads, "I love you and you are my hero."

He noted that there's a "white savior complex" present in society that has placed all the focus on the three men who stood up to Christian, rather than addressing the daily, lived experience of racism and Islamophobia that young people like Destinee and her friend face.

Jeremy Joseph Christian shouts as he is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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