Portland victim's mother appeals Trump to speak against intolerance

| Updated: May 31, 2017 11:41 IST

New York [USA], May 31 (ANI): The mother of one of the two men stabbed to death in a Portland, Oregon train for protesting 'anti-Muslim' slurs, has written a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, calling on him to speak out against intolerance. Asha Deliverance said doing so would honor her 23-year-old son, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, who was defending two Muslim women on a commuter train from a man yelling hateful words, reports the CNN. "Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world," Deliverance wrote to Trump on Memorial Day. "Two precious lives were lost this Memorial Day weekend in Portland and one more, nearly so. All three were strangers to each other, and to those they were defending. They fearlessly risked their lives for two young women who were threatened by an act of bigotry & terror. These brave men saw the immediate injustice and didn't hesitate to act. They recognized the truth: we are more alike than we are different. To ride the train home without being assaulted because of the color of your skin or your religious beliefs, is an inalienable right," she wrote in her letter. "You have said that you will be President for all Americans. So, I ask you Mr. President to take action at this time. Your words and actions are meaningful, here in America and throughout the world," she added. She also urged Trump to encourage all Americans to protect and watch out for one another and to condemn any acts of violence, which result directly from hate speech and hate groups. (ANI)