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Fighting Words

11 Jun

“FREE SPEECH OR DIE, PORTLAND. You’ve got no safe place.”

On May 26, 2017, white supremacist Jeremy Christian allegedly murdered two men and maimed another as they attempted to defend two women he took to be Muslim from his abuse on Portland public transit. Days later, appearing in court, Christian roared out the same refrain that conservatives and far-right agitators alike have been repeating online for years: Racist violence is free speech. “Get out if you don’t like free speech,” he howled. “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.”

https://thebaffler.com/war-of-nerves/fighting-words

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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in North America

 

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