Category Archives: Portland

Get Out — From Under the Past

If Quanice Hayes had been given my brain, he would not have been shot by Portland police. No, if this 17-year-old black male thought like I did, he would have never put a gun to a homeless man’s head, robbed him of his food stamp card and then later, as police tried to arrest him, […]

Signs of the Trump Revolution

Which pussy, its hour come round at last, marches in the streets, slouching towards Washington, D.C. to get even? Pussies of all colors and undefinable genders. This is not “The Second Coming” that W.B.Yeats had in mind in his famous poem. It’s the Second Coming of America’s feminist movement, and it already has a buzzword […]

In Pursuit of Assholes

It says something about our times that a book called “Happiness: A Very Short Introduction” includes an index entry for “assholes.” “Happiness” is among the slender paperbacks of Very Short Introductions published by Oxford University Press that focus on specific topics – Theology, Drugs, Computer Science, the Harlem Renaissance, Law, Fungi, the Great Depression – […]

The Cocky World of Sophia June

When she was a little girl, her daddy probably called her “princess.” Or at least he treated her like one. She went off to her first day of kindergarten in clean clothes and a smile of anticipation, captured in a photo by a mother who loved her very much. Her father ran a construction company […]

A Verdict and a Moral Awakening

Ladies and gentlemen of the Bundy jury, thank you for a lesson in what progressive justice looks like. The not-guilty verdict for the six armed men and one woman, who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for 41 days, left those who normally preach forgiveness and restorative justice looking for a suitable villain. […]

Oh darn, please drop the gun

There has never been a better time in America to be a criminal. Police officers are under a magnifying glass. Everything they do is dissected and second-guessed. In Portland, Ore., cops on patrol now have backseat drivers – and they aren’t even in the car. They’re members of the various citizen watchdog groups, a couple […]

Hands Up! Don’t Talk Back!

From the back of the bus, Dick Gregory saw the future 54 years ago: “The NAACP is a wonderful organization. Belong to it myself. But do you realize if tomorrow we had complete integration, all them cats would be outta work?” In 2016, a lotta cats need segregation – cultural segregation, law-and-order segregation, housing segregation. […]

Held Hostage by the ‘Mentally Ill’

Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” David Kif Davis: “My Jewish ancestry has been insulted. I’ve got PTSD, and somebody called me a skinhead. I want an apology.” Dispatcher: “9-1-1. What is your emergency?” Charles Johnson: “I just threw a cup of water in somebody’s face at a public hearing. It’s how I express my […]

The Tail Wagging the Police Dog

The Portland, Ore., police officer applied for a job with the Oregon State Police in Salem. As usual, the prospective employer asked the applicant why he wanted to leave his current job. The Portland officer told of how he had pulled over a speeding driver and ticketed him. The driver, who was black, warned the […]

Young Fascists Colonize Portland

She was a picture of Aryan perfection: Blonde hair, the color of straw. Creamy complexion. Pale eyes. Thin, colorless lips. Blonde on blonde on blonde. She followed me into the Saffron Colonial Cafe in North Portland where I had taken a seat for a late Sunday lunch. “I want you to know that what you said […]