Portland, once known as America’s far-right skinhead capital, was the scene of a hate crime 30 years ago that galvanized action against white supremacist gangs. This Saturday, with a tailwind from the Trump White House, far-right political violence returned to its street.
On Saturday, June 30, Portland, Oregon experienced perhaps its worst scene of open political violence in living memory.
The far-right march involved around 150 Patriot Prayer supporters, including dozens of members of the Proud Boys, an all-male, self-declared “fraternity” of “Western chauvinists” who provide security for numerous alt-right events. According to the ADL, they “stand on the dividing line between right-wing activists and white supremacists”; the Southern Poverty Law Center designates them a hate group.