Praise and gratitude continue to pour in for two men slain in Portland while protecting two young girl from violent harassment on a train.
On, Friday, May 26, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Rick Best were stabbed by Jeremy Christian after they confronted him for harassing two young girl, one wearing a hijab.
The response around the globe has been nothing short of inspiring.
There ought to have vigils throughout the city honoring both men, who died as heroes. Support has overflowed on social media, and Namkai-Meche’s mother even wrote a powerful open letter to President Donald Trump exhorting him to condemn the attack.
There was a third boy on the train who was brave enough to step in as the girls were castigated: Micah Fletcher. He was lucky enough to survive the fight that followed.
Now, nearly a week since the two attacks, Fletcher is speaking out about what he saw.
After being treated for serious injuries, Fletcher is recuperating home. He posted a video to his Facebook page on Wednesday that rapidly went viral 😛 TAGEND
“As a poet, you would think that I would have the words. It’s kind of my job, ” he begins. “But for once, I don’t.”
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Posted by Micah Fletcher on Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Amid all the donations and supporting going his way, he craves people to know one thing: He is not the real victim.
A clearly emotional Fletcher grasps for terms at times before issuing a powerful reminder 😛 TAGEND
“Can you imagine being the little girl on that MAX[ train ]? ” he mentions in the video. “This man is calling at you . … Everything about him is cocked and loaded and ready to kill you.”
“So brave that young girls experience that and still find ways to wake up in the morning with smiles on their faces, to trudge through the day and make their parents proud, ” he continues.
Fletcher says that, of course, the men who died by his side while protecting the women are heroes, and they deserve to be honored. But he recommended his viewers not to get swept up in what he calls a “white savior complex.”
We should praise the men who stood up against it, but we can’t forget that this kind of violence and harassment continues to go on every single period around the country.
“I think it’s vastly, morally wrong and irresponsible how much fund we have gotten as opposed to how much fund and love and kindness have been given to that little girl, ” Fletcher mentions near the conclusion of its six-minute video. “These people need to be reminded that this is about them. That they are the real victims. “
Fletcher fostered everyone watching the video to donate to a fundraiser that would furnish the girls with meals, transportation, and mental health care as they recover from the traumatic attack.
Doing so is without a doubt the best way to keep the fight against detest and intolerance alive . strong>