“#Portland’s NAACP chief calls protests ‘largely a white spectacle’”
July 25, 2020 | 7:35pm
The Rev. E.D. Mondainé, in an op-ed for The Washington Post, hit hard on what he calls privileged white Americans “with their own agendas” and pleads for an “immediate refocusing” on the true reason for the demonstrations — an end to racial injustice and inequity.
Americans took to the streets after the police killing of George Floyd in what Mondainé describes as “a nationwide reckoning with the original and savage crime of slavery.”
“That monstrous crime has finally caught up with us as a nation. I do not believe it is a time for spectacle,” he writes.
“Unfortunately, ‘spectacle’ is now the best way to describe Portland’s protests. Vandalizing government buildings and hurling projectiles at law enforcement draw attention — but how do these actions stop police from killing black people?,” he writes. “What are antifa and other leftist agitators achieving for the cause of black equality?”
Mondainé criticizes the Trump administration for sending federal troops to Portland to counter what he calls “mostly white anarchists.”
Friday night, roughly 4,000 demonstrators yelled “feds go home” and “black lives matter.” Later, federal agents tried to break up the protesters after they set off fireworks.
“There is more at stake here than who appears most often on nightly TV broadcasts,” he writes. “Right now, there are unmarked, unnamed federal forces kidnapping our citizens off the streets without justification or authority.”
Ultimately, Mondainé thanks “our white brothers and sisters” for their support, but asks them to consider whether their actions are “to further the cause of justice” or “are simply for show.”
“Is this another example of white co-optation?” he asks.
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