It may have been an aberration from what has been an otherwise meaningful movement, but last weekend, “Black Lives Matter” protesters in Portland, Oregon, risked turning a powerful national protest into a disorganized distraction.
At a town hall meeting, a 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, Dario Raschio, was due to receive medals for distinguished service in World War II. Senator Ron Wyden stood to praise Mr. Raschio’s record of service but was interrupted when protesters pushed into the room and began shouting “Hands up, don’t shoot!”—one of the rallying cries of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. As reported by The Oregonian, this went on for some time before the Senator persuaded the crowd to calm down.
When Mr. Raschio was given the mic to speak, the protesters renewed their chants. “Give me a chance,” Mr. Raschio pleaded. “Let’s show a little respect for this occasion.”
That he had to ask for respect at a ceremony in his honor should be a source of deep shame to the “Black Lives Matter” protesters. People like Dario Raschio shouldn’t have to ask for respect.