PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The president of Portland’s NAACP wrote a powerful editorial in the Washington Post, calling the continued protests in Portland a “spectacle” that is redirecting attention from the Black Lives Matter movement.

E.D. Mondaine says he wants to be clear that he is appreciative of the efforts of white brothers and sisters on the streets of Portland, but says there needs to be a shift. He says this requires listening to the black community and putting it in the driver’s seat of the movement.

In the Washington Post editorial, Mondaine said:

Unfortunately, “spectacle” is now the best way to describe Portland’s protests. Vandalizing government buildings and hurling projectiles at law enforcement draw attention — but how do these actions stop police from killing black people? What are antifa and other leftist agitators achieving for the cause of black equality? The “Wall of Moms,” while perhaps well-intentioned, ends up redirecting attention away from the urgent issue of murdered black bodies.

Mondaine also wrote about the presence and action of federal officers in Portland, writing that he knows it’s a violation of our Constitution:

This makes me fearful for the safety of everyone demonstrating in Portland. That’s why we need to remember: What is happening in Portland is the fuse of a great, racist backlash that the Trump administration is baiting us to light. We cannot fall for their deception.

FOX 12 on Friday asked Mondaine for what he thought the solution would be in terms of action. He said it’s a combination of factors – still holding our ground in Portland outside the courthouse, but also finding other ways to branch out in the community to help support the Black Lives Matter movement.

E.D. Mondaine

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“We need to be in other places,” Mondaine said. “We need to go to Gresham where our constituency lives and let them know, ‘hey, we're here and there's hope’. We need to go into the white neighborhoods where our white sisters and brothers live and sit down and have that conversation in full force with them right there in their backyards. We welcome all of the help that we can get from our very well-meaning, and I call them sisters and brothers, and allies and accomplices, we need them. But we need them to show up like we need them to show up and not how they think is best.”

Mondaine said he’s not suggesting retreat, but instead taking the Black Lives Matter movement into places where tear gas and rubber bullets and federal agents can’t find them, like boardrooms, schools, city councils, and the halls of justice.

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Jefferson

In all labor there is profit; but mere talk only leads to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 :)

Mr Q

Yes, the 2+ Months of Nightly Violence and Destruction is “detracting” from the goal of bringing to light some racial issues that a Very small percentage of Law Enforcement Officers have. However one needs to remember that racism does not know color, in other words all colors of people can be racist.

Yes, if you truly are in favor of helping foster better “equality” it is time to bring a truly cohesive message of exactly what your goals are and how you actually plan on doing it, also what the ramifications of those actions will be. As they say, the road to hades is paved with good intentions.

PJ165

Sounds like he wants to bring the rioting and looting to the burbs

Husky Loyalist

This is the BLM movement. Geez, stop trying to distance yourself from this cluster that you cheered until it got so out of hand.

webjak

The movement is a misguided mass of idiots. Policing is a local matter but they attack the federal buildings? They are still fighting the 2016 election. If a change in policing is the goal, protest local Democrat Party politicians who run the police department in Portland and control their policy.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

E.D. Mondaine: It's not just the NAACP that is racist. BLM on its very face is racist.

And it was founded on the false witness of a known drug dealer who said that Michael Brown was shot with his hands up. That drug dealer later recanted his story. The truth of the matter is Michael Brown was a known thug, had just committed a strong arm robbery of a store and assaulted the shopkeeper. Brown then assaulted the officer who was trying to arrest him. Brown refused to comply with commands and went for the officer's gun. That's when it got deadly. Brown cost himself his own life. "Systemic racism" didn't kill Brown, thug life did. Just as it did all the other "martyred" criminals who died in resisting arrest and fighting with police while in custody. Georg Floyd, Michael Brown, Travon Martin, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, these are the most well known examples and all of them had rap sheets.

And more than racist, BLM is also Marxist. A co-founder of BLM has publicly stated "we are trained Marxists". The video is on You Tube. Better watch it before it's taken down and Google buries the related articles. The NY Post reports that BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors has stated " 'The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza.

'We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,' Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network." So what are you giving your life to, Mr, Mondaine? A lie with which to advance a race war and a victimhood narrative? It would appear so.

sagebrush

The NAACP is the most racist organization in the world. They hate white people even though not a single white person alive today ever had a slave, nor has a single black person out there, ever been a slave. The NAACP wants to keep the anti- slavery movement going in order to justify their racist actions.

lanquan

To: E.D. Mondaine

Subject:BLM & Antifa

Sir,

I read your comments on the rioting in Portland and how it takes away from the BLM message and movement. You're so correct. But you need to go one more step and that is either yourself or another NAACP member needs to speak to the local Media nd call out our Mayor, et al for allowing the violence to go on ostensibly as part of BLM. It is not and people need not connect the rioters, i.e., Antifa, with the true and original movement. Non violence, non destructive behavior will continue to bring more supporters to the table. Don't let these screwballs have free reign with BLM. Speak up again and again, let the citizens of Port;land hear loud and clear the message and how it's to properly be presented in a method that would hark back to Martin Luther King!

Just curious

[thumbup][thumbup]Sure hope they read these comments especially yours.

failed_leadership

ahh yes, keep trying to blame white people and downplay your part of the senseless violence that has been taking place for over 55 days now. calling it a "spectacle" is an insult to everyone that has been hurt and the 3 federal agents that are now blind from rioters and their high powered lasers. BLM should pay for the damage they caused not us Oregonian tax payers.

ChicagoMan7

ALL LIVES MATTER. Nuff said.

Just curious

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