A few months after I moved to Portland in early 2017, 3 men were stabbed, 2 died, protecting 2 black teenage girls from a white supremacist who was yelling racist slurs and threatening them with a hunting knife.
As I don’t drive, I depend on TriMet for most of my transportation so I closely followed this story. One of the reasons I moved to Portland was an usable public transit system. I was dismayed to think that it was so dangerous to use that I might get knifed just riding on it.
Many people were worried that in this day and age of our president supporting and encouraging white supremacists, Jeremy Christian might somehow be found not guilty. He tried to claim he only acted in self defense. Obviously, the jurors didn’t buy it; they unanimously found him guilty of all 12 counts he was accused of.
I have to say that I was greatly relieved. Oregon has a history of racial discrimination but it was relieving to hear everybody’s positive reaction to the verdict and no negative reaction at all.