“On a night where halfway across the country gunfire erupted at the Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas with deadly and devastating consequences, it appears Portland was spared tragedy only by chance.” – Rawstory
Michael Strickland is the cameraman for Laughing at Liberals. He has a history of appearing at protests and other events to film and agitate Black and LGBT people. His youtube channel is a den for white nationalists and he’s responsible for the harassment of numerous people. Warnings about how dangerous this armed racist is have been spreading for quite sometime but this is an escalation.
Michael Strickland went to a Don’t Shoot PDX and Black Lives Matter rally with a gun within such close timing of the deaths of two Black men. This rally was political but also a place of mourning and hurt. It was practically a funeral march. And at what was essentially a large funeral he threatened people with his gun. He swept the crowd with his gun. To make this perfectly clear: Michael Strickland went to a rally and a place of a healing organized in response to the gun deaths of two Black men with a gun and began threatening people with it. Michael Strickland is not just dangerous online. He is extremely dangerous to all Black people and their supporters. As Rawstory reported, it was only by chance that Portland was spared from tragedy, this could have ended in the death of another Black person in America. The list of those killed by police and vigilante violence could have had another name to remember in the fight for #BlackLivesMatter.
Additional information reported by the press also states that in addition to having a gun, he had six magazines of ammunition on him and a knife. He was armed for a massacre. Any justification of him coming to a #BlackLivesMatter rally with a gun as a documented white supremacist cannot ignore that he was overpowered. And why is that? Coming to this rally with a gun (and a knife) is suspicious enough but he had enough ammo on him to slaughter huge crowds of people. The photos and videos show people ducking and far away from him when he pulls out his gun; making his defense of feeling threatened by a horde of armed protesters (where were those flagstaffs by the way? they don’t appear anywhere) nonsensical. One of the people who aimed him gun at was an undercover cop so in what way was his life in danger? It wasn’t. He was the real danger at this rally.
OPB also reports that Strickland’s actions at the Orlando vigil in Portland led to a man’s phone number being leaked and a series of racist messages being sent to him. He knows what his audience is. He’s seen his channel’s and vidmax’s comments. He knows exactly what releasing the phone number of someone who confronted him would do. He did it on purpose, knowing his white nationalist audience would respond for him and harass.