Portlanders have long complained that the city is too white, and that it badly needs more Diversity and vibrancy.
Over the past few months, Portland has enjoyed increased Diversity – and black people expressing their vibrancy by shooting people. You’d think that Portlanders would be happy about this; after all, it’s what they’ve been seeking all these years.
But it seems they’re not happy about it, and I can’t imagine why. A KATU/ABC headline reads:
A shooting in one of Portland’s most prominent neighborhoods Saturday had people running for cover.
The shooting happened in the Pearl District, on Northwest 10th and Davis. Three people were shot. According to Portland police investigators, a verbal argument led to a physical fight between a group of people inside the restaurant. Officers said the people all knew each other.
It’s yet another incident in Portland that is leaving residents frustrated.
In paragraph 9, the article finally gets around to pointing out that:
The fight that preceded the shooting happened in Everybody Eats PDX, a Black-owned business. Black-owned businesses are rare in Portland’s Pearl District.
According to the restaurant’s website, Everybody Eats PDX’s mission extends far beyond food:
“Our mission goes beyond our food. We’re here to make sure everybody eats, after all. At Everybody Eats, we believe in giving back to our community, whether it’s partnering with Don’t Shoot PDX to feed Black Lives Matters supporters, feeding families in need at Thanksgiving, or fostering relationships between the Black community and police officers through food.”
“I just hope this situation doesn’t create, like, a stigma with Black-owned businesses around here,” Emma Macon, who was born and raised in Portland, said.
She goes on to say:
Andre and Macon both say it’s restaurants like Everybody Eats PDX that Portland is missing. Andre and Macon are both young, Black women in their early 20s. They see food as a way to bring communities together.
Even though they’ve lived in Portland their whole lives, there are many instances where they feel unwelcome. They say there are several parts of the city, including the gentrified area they grew up, where people stare.
“They’ll make you feel like you don’t belong here,” Andre said.
It’s odd that these women complain about being stared at. Perhaps they’re attractive, and that’s why people look. People might also stare because they’re afraid more blacks will show up and start shooting – just as happened at Everybody Eats.
It’s true that “everybody eats,” but when it comes to shooting people, blacks do it more than anybody else, at least in the US.
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