PORTLAND SURVIVOR MICAH FLETCHER COMPLAINS CITY HAS ‘WHITE SAVIOR COMPLEX’ AFTER MORE MONEY RAISED FOR HIM THAN TWO GIRLS HE PROTECTED
- Micah Fletcher: ‘We in Portland have this weird tendency to continue patterns that we’ve done forever and one of them is this same old, just to to put it bluntly, white saviour complex.
( Daily Mail )Micah Fletcher was attacked along with white Good Samartians Rick Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, on the MAX train last Friday.
The three men stepped in when white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian began hurling racial abuse at black teenager Destinee Magnum and her Muslim friend who was wearing a hijab.
Best and Namkai-Meche died in the attack and Fletcher was severely injured, prompting an outpouring of GoFundMe donations and messages of support from strangers around the world.
Fletcher, 21, released a Facebook video on Wednesday to thank everyone who had supported him but urged them to turn their attention to the two teenage girls.
He lamented the fact that more had been given to him and the white adult males who died saving them, saying it was ‘immensely morally wrong’.
‘We in Portland have this weird tendency to continue patterns that we’ve done forever and one of them is this same old, just to to put it bluntly, white saviour complex.
‘I think it’s immensely, immensely morally wrong and irresponsible how much money we have gotten as opposed to how much support, money, love, kindness that has been given to that little girl.
‘We need to remember that this is about them…they are the real victims here,’ he added, sharing a link to an online fundraising page set up in their names.
Fundraising pages for Fletcher, Best and Namkai-Meche have reached almost $800,000 combined.
A page set up for the girls, which he shared on social media, has not yet hit $100,000.
In his video, Fletcher said that he was ‘fine’ and though he urged well-wishers to support the grieving families of the other men killed, ‘no amount of money will ever bring back the loss of loved ones.’
He said the girls, who are just 17, needed support.
‘Yes, two men died. Yes I was injured. Yes, yes of course we need to support all three of us.
‘When it comes down to it, when a kid’s hurt like that we as a society, as a world, have moral obligation to do something about it and to help.’