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Preach on matt someday someone will care what you think.
But to assume you know how James Chasse would view their efforts is the same kind of idiocy that the black bloc kids are spewing. It's uninformed and makes no difference in the grand scheme.
Sure none of this has stopped the police abuse, but have any of your articles done that? Has this half-assed column taken anyone to task to the extent that policy was changed? The "news" you contribute are the same quotes anyone would expect from these politicians. "Road Rage Redux" simply repeats the Oregonian article with the breaking news that Westerman will not resign (were you expecting accountability?) and Ms. Berg wouldnt return your calls. When you get one mildly interesting quote "Mark Weiner is a total assfucker" you run an entire feature about the quote and how important it is ("if it weren't for the elephant-shaped 'assfucker' comment").
Does the occupation of an intersection blow Portlanders' minds? Not really. But compared to columns totally overshadowed by national tatoo convention and hypnosis ads, they are at least willing to stick their neck out. The protesters are atleast saying that police killings are just the tip of the iceberg in a fucked up system, and its going to take a lot of work to fix that. Your articles propound the solution of writing Saltzman, joining a facebook group, or calling some bureaucrat. These actions are the political equivalent of calling a sex hotline, sure you get off, but the underlying relationships remain undeveloped, and real democracy or real sex are nothing but fantasies. 50 people in the streets doesn't do shit. 5,000 people on facebook also doesn't do shit. 5,000 people in the streets or working in their communities, that might turn some heads.
First off so maybe you could give a sentence or two as to what you think the BLACK BLOC protesters are. Most of readers have little or no idea.
From reading your article I have to assume that you were not at any of the protests you are reporting on. Is BLACK BLOC the usual assortment of around a dozen high school kids who play dress up in black hoodies with boots and big shinny belts and some white guys with dread locks? Where there real protestors are there in much larger numbers? Is this the per usual where hack reporters ignore the real protestors, people who give a damn enough to show up to try to draw attention to issues that concern us, and focus on the few punks needy for attention? Do the few BLACK BLOC protesters even deserve mention? If so then try finding a reporter who has at least shown up to a protest, and may have seen or even have interviewed one.
I have to ask about how you started with the sentence “How I pity you.” Did you mistakenly think that one liner would make you come off as cool or witty? Are you actually trying to come off as a conceited, egotistical, pompous douche? People are going to get that idea if you keep writing that way. The rest of the article is convoluted and sloppy. If you are writing a blog for fun then the stream of consciousness thing or whatever might work, but as a column it’s garbage.
Take a look at the sentence that Chasse's contribution to the local community was dying at the hands of a broken mental health system. So this is your attempt at being edgy. It makes no sense. Oregon’s mental health system is severely underfunded, and there is a lack of care and support available with people desperately need of services; however people in the programs are not dying from neglect or abuse. Of course most people know Chase was not in a mental health facility as he was beaten to death on the street by police. So Matt are you suggesting that our mental health system needs funding or are you just throwing out careless nonsense criticism?
After reading your column I agree with most of your points. BLACK BLOC and hoody anarchists are a liability and detriment to real protestors. Oregon’s mental health system needs funding. Renaming the street after Chasse could be a reminder of issues like homelessness, how our communities sometime fail to protect our most vulnerable citizens, police brutality, and community involvement. Adding the city auditor's office number was a nice touch(sincerely- 503-823-6964.) Then again if you had ever gone to one of the protests you may have been able to meet some of the real organizers leading community efforts in a responsible direction instead of just printing hearsay about dressed up punks.
Finally after reading your atrocious article we are expected to thank you because you took the effort to looking up a phone number for your column, which likely consider that investigative journalism. I love how you end it with “You're welcome.” Again are you actually trying to come off as a conceited, egotistical, pompous douche?