Portland cyclists accuse Asian man of being an undercover cop

these same racists will accuse Asians of “self segregating” when they refuse to hang out with  their racist asses?

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What happens when an Asian dude wants to ride his bike with other bicyclists in Portland? There are hazards, in the land of well-meaning white people.

It began when some bicyclists, er, “tactical urbanists,” went for a ride in Portland Sunday to promote nicer streets. Whoops, again. The ride was to “enact radical changes” in response to “big money interests pushing auto-centric infrastructure.”

Anyhow. Things were fine, until a quiet stranger with a new bike and goofy “Livestrong” shirt joined them. He happened to be Asian, and the activists decided he was a known, high-ranking Portland cop working undercover to infiltrate them. The cop happens to be Asian, too.

(Why anyone would think a high-ranking cop – a captain who’s appeared in the media in the past – would be undercover is another matter. But, anyhow).

The site BikePortland ran a story about the suspicions, with photos of the cop and the then-anonymous bicyclist. But it turned out the bicyclist was a food server who had just moved to Portland, the site later reported. He had wanted to meet some new people.

Apologies followed here and here, which is nice. There was also some sensitive-soul talk, with BikePortland’s editor wondering if he’s racist.

So, lesson? To prevent “biking while Asian” in Portland, next time try to bring some alpacas, home brew, patchy facial hair and crocheted things to blend in. They’ll never notice you’re not white.

h/t Willamette Week: ‘BikePortland alleges wrong Asian man is undercover cop’

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