Before the Covid 19 crisis Portland police announced that they would quit doing much of the job they are paid to do. Meanwhile and without fanfare frontline health professional put themselves in harms way to save lives. TriMet drivers, grocery workers, delivery people, and so many other underpaid blue collar workers stepped up to keep those of us locking ourselves in survive. None have made bold proclamations about how dangerous their work is or even killed any unarmed people of color. They just show up and literally save lives while risking their own.

I think we all now know who Portland’s real heroes are: the ones who didn’t run and hide.