It started off at the steps of the library, where they chanted “WE WANT REAL DIVERSITY NOT A POLICE STATE UNIVERSITY”. A small contingent from the Students For Trump group showed up, one holding a sign that read “Thug Lives Don’t Matter”, for which he was promptly attacked for by one of the members of Rose City Antifa, complete with an ACAB shirt (All Cops Are Bastards).
The highlight of the protest centered around a “die-in”, where the students stormed the street out front of the university president and administrator building, laying down in the middle of the road to symbolize being shot by the new campus police. This had traffic backed up for several blocks, including buses and street cars. “A lot of us who are abused, so to say, we’re gunna be laying down in the street, outside so Wim can see us, so he knows what he’s, what the board of trustees does to us, which is it kills us” one of them explained before the demo.
But before they ended up there, they took turns at the megaphone in different areas. At the library, one of them shouts that “The police are notorious for mishandling sexual assault cases, we all know that. They are often also rapists themselves”. Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone “We need to decouple from I.C.E., we need to not partner with federal immigration and we need to not partner with the joint taksforce on terrorism. If I am your next mayor, I’ll active decouple form these racist activities as well.”
One student is wearing a shirt with the red communist start on it, with the hammer and sickle inside the star, while a 3rd wave RadFem sports a patch that reads “dead men don’t catall”. Some of the signs read “Education is a right, not just for the rich & white” and “More guns = More violence”. The crowd chanted things like “DISARM PSU!” and the usual “BLACK LIVES MATTER”. Somehow, one student manages to intersect this protest by shouting pro Palestine things through the megaphone, while another says that “We are not here to merely meet your diveristy and inclusion rhetoric… Black lives matter is not a request. We’re not asking for your permission. We are done with politietely suggesting”.
Still another student claims that “Police are a tool of capitalism, to control people and to stay where they are, staying in slavery, staying in poverty wages, staying in riciulcous working condidtions”, while another shouts “We are fighting against racism, we are fighting against capitalism, and we are fighting against patricarchy… The system is made for the white male!”
One student, who looks like he just stumbled out of 1968, shouts “under capitalism, the main function of police is to break up srikes, unionization, and any other forms of visible protest against the unfair policies of the ruling class!” before going on a rant about multiculturalism, ending by saying that “All multiculturalism has done is bring the anti capitalist critique of this university to a politics of recogniition!”
Astute readers of Progressives Today will recognize this Somali Muslim female from a prior video, where the complained that Portland was too white and she was afraid that whitey would gun her down. She’s back to white about more of the same, saying “I’m a senior at Portland State University. I’ve been here for three years, some of the worst (laughs in Islam) three years of my life… So we all know, like, students of color, they’re not advocated for, uhmm, me and a lot of students of color, we have been trying to advocate for ourselves, and it’s a pity that we have to do so. So, like, the instructors don’t know how to teach us. There is a white supremacy group, multiple groups. mobilizing, putting hate all over the (laughs again in Islam) the campus, uhmm basically putting anti, uhh, Islamophobia stuff, anti black stuff, and who knows what they’ll do next. I mean, it’s not really a safe campus if you’re a person with like, a headscarf and you’re black. So a lot of Muslim students have not been advocated for. I mean, we have to pray in a dingy basement. That’s the only place we have to be a Muslim on this campus. So Muslim students, girls, have been, uhmm, called terrorists, Muslim students have been called terrorists, their hijabs have been pulled off, black students have been called the n word, we have a lot of inequitable stuff going on on this campus, yet the administration is not doing anything to stop it.”
Here’s the full speech from the kid who claims that police are a “tool of capitalism”, complete with someone cheering him on in the beginning by shouting “DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!” “Police were formed as a shadow to suppress slaves. They were used to control slaves in the south, and the north they were used to control labor rights. The police are a tool of capitalism to control people and to, stay where they are. Staying in slavery, staying in poverty wages, staying in ridiculous working conditions! Funding police, uhh, bureaus with, like, tons of, like, weaponry, militarized tanks, and in some cases, to keep black people poor. To keep control over black people.”
Well known Portland area communist and Palestine supporter Heidi Sipress also took to the megaphone, bashing Trump, G4S security systems, and capitalism, before going on about her love affair with Palestine.
All in all, it was a pretty typical day at Portland State University.