Mother Of Portland Attack Victim Writes Open Letter To President Trump

"Please encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another."

Asha Deliverance, the mother of 23-year-old Portland attack victim Taliesin Namkai-Meche, is calling on the Trump administration to condemn acts of violence motivated by hate in the wake of her son's untimely death.

Last Friday, May 26, Namkai-Meche was fatally stabbed on a Portland, Oregon commuter train as he reportedly defended two young Muslim women from another passenger's hate speech-laced tirade. Army veteran Ricky John Best was also killed defending the women, and a third man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded but is now recovering.

Though President Trump eventually denounced the attack on May 29, he and his administration were widely criticized for what many felt was a slow and generic response to such overt hatred and savagery.

Legendary news anchor Dan Rather wrote an open letter to our Commander in Chief on May 28 urging him to condemn the murders. "This kind of 'extremism' is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence," Rather explained. "I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large." 

The tweet, below, came from the @POTUS account and not Trump's more widely-used personal Twitter — @realDonaldTrump — the following day, and was sent after nearly 72 hours of pressure various media outlets. It did not name the victims.

Even through her grief Asha Deliverance doesn't mince her words, addressing her powerful and moving Memorial Day missive directly to President Trump and calling her son a "hero". The letter, which has been obtained by BuzzFeed News courtesy of the victim's brother, states, "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."

She adds, "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."


Speaking directly to President Trump and echoing Dan Rather's sentiment, Deliverance writes, "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." 

And she makes a valid point. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were upwards of 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation in the days following the 2016 election, the majority of which occurred at schools or universities. 

Namkai-Meche's mom is asking Trump to use his influence for good. 

"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," she concludes. "I am praying you will use your leadership to do so." 


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