Portlanders Praise as Heroes Men Who Intervened in White Supremacist’s Anti-Muslim Tirade

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Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, left, and Rick Best are seen in images released by Reed College (Namkai Meche) and family (Best).

When he was in college, Taliesin Namkai-Meche took an introductory religion class on Islam and impressed his professor with a deep desire to understand how others see the world.

Rick Best spent years in Muslim countries as an Army platoon sergeant in Afghanistan and Iraq.

And Micah Fletcher won a Portland poetry competition in 2013 with an entry about prejudices faced by Muslims.

Those details, reported by the Oregonian newspaper, may help explain why the three men acted in a way that has much of Portland praising them as heroes.

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