Hate Crimes

Portland stabbing victim’s mother calls out Trump: ‘You said you represented all Americans’

In the wake of the stabbing deaths of two people at a Portland train station last Friday, many saw President Trump’s initial silence on the matter being related to the fact that the men were killed while defending a Muslim woman from the threatening hate speech of white supremacist killer Jeremy Christian. This Monday, the grieving mother of 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, wrote a letter to Trump imploring him to speak out against Christian’s particular brand of hate.

Although Trump ultimately fired off a tweet acknowledging the incident, the Washington Post reports that the family was dismayed that it took him almost 4 days to speak out only after mounting pressure from his critics.

Below is the full letter written by Asha Deliverance, Namkai Meche’s mother, to the President:

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

Dear President Trump,

I’m writing to you today, Memorial Day, to share my heart after losing my son.

Taliesin died a hero, like many other Americans who have died defending freedom. He was just 23, a year out of college with a degree in economics, working, had just bought his first home and was thinking about starting a family. Our family grieves, but we are proud that through his selfless action he, along with the other two men, has changed the world, when in the face of hate he did not hesitate to act with love.

Two precious lives were lost this Memorial Day weekend in Portland and one more, nearly so. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending. They fearlessly risked their lives for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror. These brave men saw the immediate injustice and didn’t hesitate to act. They recognized the truth: we are more alike than we are different. To ride the train home without being assaulted because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs, is an inalienable right.

You have said that you will be President for all Americans. So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world.

Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another. Please condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech & hate groups. I am praying you will use your leadership to do so.

It would deeply honor Taliesin’s sacrifice, which has been amplified by the millions of voices who have supported our family in response to this tragedy.

With Peace In My Heart,

Asha Deliverance

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