Wednesday , December 2 2020

Dialogue: Readers respond to the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mulugeta Seraw



Last week, WW wrote about the 30th anniversary of one of the worst moments in the history of Portland: The murder of the Egyptian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw by skinheads racists ("Happened here, WW, October 31, 2018"). WW was investigating the crime, spoke with Seraw's uncle and followed the thread of what happened in 1988 with the political quarrels that escalated in the streets of Portland this year. Here's what readers said.

Joan Bowyer, via Facebook: "I remember it so well, it happened near my home, so sad."

Julie Larsson, via Facebook: "I was a new mother, worrying about the world I brought a child."

Jorge Carolinos, through wweek.com: "People who are attracted by extremist policies are always stupid. At the end of the 80s, seeing a skinhead in their outfit resulted in the disgrace of everyone, literally everyone, no one liked skinheads, dressing up the skinhead was the most obvious thing ever, and he wanted to be hateful.

"This is your neighbor [could be a racist]"The thing is stubborn nonsense and a characteristic of the liberal" we are all guilty of something ". WWeek's continued defense of political violence against anti-fascism makes this essay a joke and its writers laugh. "

Viva la Resistance, in answer: "The skinheads never went, cleaned, made their hair again, arrived in costumes and bustled the incorporation of law enforcement, army and politics."

Nkenge Harmon Johnson via Twitter: "Please continue to point out those who are harmed by vicious racists who are trying to dominate our public square and destroy our communities."

Babckcok123, through wweek.com: "Just placing the perpetrators in jail does not end with hatred." By taking the body behind it, it has more impact in depth, hoping that the same tactics can be used again against other hate groups. "

Katie Robinson, via Facebook: "This was a very cold and dark day in Portland, the day the young Nazis put their hair on and became invisible."

Kristi Jo Stephens Coultas, via Facebook: "My friend was friends with the people who killed him, made him look at himself and change his ways."

Jeff Meadors, via Facebook: "I remember very clearly that South East Portland was full of shopkeepers, they would recruit to my high school in Milwaukee, many people know they were caught in it."

Vince Mertz, via Facebook: "The more things change, the more they remain the same."


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