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Our readers also share their thoughts about the Capitol Building riot and offer solutions.

On Jan. 6, we and the world saw white men storm the people's house in Washington, D.C., with weapons. If these had been BIPOC folk, they would have been killed, maimed, or seriously injured on the spot.

It was a blatant display of white supremacy, arrogance and white fear on full display. White people out of control are dangerous, because they know there are no actual consequences for them because they are white. Period.

White supremacy must be dismantled and stopped. White supremacy is killing us. It is killing our nation and democracy. I do not have any tips or clues on how to dismantle white supremacy. Only white people can accomplish this. What I do know is that it takes a change in perception and attitude, plus a healthy dose of commitment that can be modeled to others. Maybe resisting fear is a starting point.

Karen Wells

Northeast Portland

Thoughts during historic attack in D.C.

I wrote this Wednesday night after the Capitol was made safe:

I watch the rain from my window, the wet asphalt lit only by two lanes of headlights, looking like a moonlit sea. I watch exhaust from the cars curl in the dark air as I listen to the Senate speak on the floor that was, moments ago, occupied by a militia driven by a tyrant. And as I hear Chuck Schumer speak, and, yes, even Mitch McConnell, I have faith that we have not lost the republic for which we stand.

Kitty Comeau

Northeast Portland

Don't complain, be part of the solution

A message to those who bemoan the condition of our city's streets: Get angry! And channel that anger into becoming part of the solution before we careen off the financial cliff that our country has been driving towards after almost 40 years of following neo-liberal economic and tax policies.

Work to address the social and economic injustice that has led to many of our neighbors living on the streets.

Donate time and energy and resources to help those around you weather this storm.

Raise your voice by joining one of the many grassroots groups working to make life better and equitable for all residents.

Don't just complain. Become part of the solution.

John Murphy

Southwest Portland


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