Anarchists say they support racial justice. Black activists want nothing to do with them…

The day after Pres­i­dent-elect Joe Biden deliv­ered his vic­to­ry speech, telling the nation it was time to heal and unite, a clan­des­tine Twit­ter account — @safePDXprotest — sum­moned Port­land anarchists.

Meet at Lau­rel­hurst Park at 8 p.m. and “Wear Bloc & Be Water,” the mes­sage said, call­ing for black garb and vig­i­lance to evade police for a protest “in sol­i­dar­i­ty with BLM” — Black Lives Matter.

The 50 or so peo­ple who showed up — near­ly all of them white — looked like nin­jas as they put on bal­a­clavas, hoods and scarves. Some car­ried gas masks.

The call to action had declared “No Mas­ters” — lead­ers, in the par­lance of 19th cen­tu­ry Euro­pean anar­chists — but the crowd hud­dled around one young man as he lam­bast­ed lib­er­als for cel­e­brat­ing the defeat of Pres­i­dent Trump while cap­i­tal­ism and the polit­i­cal sys­tem remained entrenched.


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