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See if you know you are socially unaware and take miscues at things surely you'd take extra steps to make sure you have the right impression.

I think we've all made an ass of ourselves at some point due to misreading a situation but we learn from it and make sure the next time we get into a similar situation we take extra steps to avoid the aforementioned ass making occuring again.
 

sperginity

fuck xmas and fuck you
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See if you know you are socially unaware and take miscues at things surely you'd take extra steps to make sure you have the right impression.

I think we've all made an ass of ourselves at some point due to misreading a situation but we learn from it and make sure the next time we get into a similar situation we take extra steps to avoid the aforementioned ass making occuring again.
yeah like saying "hi my name is ____" before fingerblasting anyone
 

Absolutego

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Last month, Sophia Gabrielle Stanford was at the center of a fundraising campaign. The GoFundMe page described the trans activist as a victim of a “brutal and aggressively blatant hate crime” in which assailants had beaten her unconscious with a bat in southeast Portland.

The campaign and shocking story went viral. However, the police reports raise questions about what happened that night.

In the early hours of Sunday, Feb. 10, emergency services received a call about a woman, identified as Stanford, found on a sidewalk with scrapes on her face and knuckles, claiming that she may have been assaulted. The responding officer, Edgar Mitchell, noted that Stanford smelled of alcohol.

“I asked [Officer Zachary Roe] what happened,” the report states. “Roe said the individual admitted to being intoxicated, and Roe believed the person fell and hit her head.”

Stanford either could not or would not state her name to the police. The responding officer was unable to discover Stanford’s name and claims that she made a threat: “If you don’t treat me right, my people will get you,” she said, according to the report.

The report also states that Stanford lost a pistol and bag she was carrying at the time of the alleged attack. A local resident found both items and flagged down another officer, Cuong Nguyen. When Nguyen attempted to return the gun to Stanford at nearby Emanuel Hospital, where she had been transported, she was already discharged.

The GoFundMe page stated that Stanford had suffered a “serious concussion” and would need intensive physical therapy, CT scans and counseling.

The case was investigated by the bias-crimes unit but was suspended due to the lack of tangible leads. Although it is impossible to know what exactly happened, nothing in the police reports indicate that Stanford told police she was attacked with a bat by multiple assailants in a hate crime.

The next day, however, the sensational and detailed story emerged in the fundraising appeal. Over $10,000 was raised.

Sophia Stanford blocked me across several social media accounts after I sent a request for comment.

In progressive Portland where the “#Resistance” is mainstream, stories like Stanford’s feed into a whisper campaign of violent homophobes, transphobes and racists lurking on every corner. A moral panic had now been ignited.

Within days, the number of alleged hate attacks ballooned through uncorroborated and vague online rumors. These stories were then amplified by progressive media, nonprofit groups, businesses and politicians. Activists, driven by their own personal grievances, then launched a crusade to find the phantom suspects, doxing and targeting innocent people in the process.

On Feb. 17, Jenny Bruso, a self-described fat-queer activist, posted a claim on Facebook and Twitter that echoed Stanford’s harrowing story. She said that her partner, Brie Jones, was attacked by “two young white men” in a maroon SUV who pulled up beside her at a busy intersection, called her a homophobic slur and threw a full can of beer at her face. She was allegedly knocked to the ground from the impact. Bruso posted a photo of Jones with an abrasion on her cheek.

I spoke with staff at businesses along that intersection, but nobody I talked to had witnessed an attack. When Bruso’s post went viral on Facebook and commenters raised questions about the incident, she deleted the post.

“I, WE, owe you NOTHING,” Bruso wrote on Facebook. “The intention was to warn our communities and that’s precisely what I did.”

Bruso originally said the attack was “reported,” but Portland police stated in a report that there was no case number associated with the incident as of Feb. 27, 2019. I contacted Bruso several times by email asking where she reported the incident. She didn’t respond.

When I sent her a text seeking comment, she responded: “Don’t contact me. Don’t text me.”

Even with Bruso’s story deleted from Facebook, screenshots and copy-and-pasted posts went viral, stoking a tense atmosphere already generated from Stanford’s earlier allegation. The larger narrative of bigoted white men patrolling Portland to attack LGBT people then began to take on a life of its own. Activists sent out “attack alerts” warning the queer public to carry Mace and to travel in groups. Other activists circulated photos and addresses of the alleged attackers in flyers around town and on social media posts.

The city was in a panic, and it focused its energy on one main antagonist: the Proud Boys, a right-wing, pro-Trump fraternity and drinking club. They were blamed for the indiscriminate violence.

The group has infamously been involved in bloody street brawls against Antifa. Members of the group are currently facing charges for a 2018 fight in the Portland area.

“These are the faces of the attackers that have been terrorizing the queer/trans community lately. If you see any of these faces in public, hit them with a brick, because the police don’t do anything to stop it,” read one widely shared post on Instagram. It included a group photo of the men and names.

As the number of shares and retweets increased on this post and similar posts, so too did the number of alleged attacks. What started off as two stories of hate crimes grew to 15. The claims grew wilder. The Proud Boys were accused of now using hammers and wooden planks as weapons. Also alleged: an attempted kidnapping.

“Red pickup with a black cover and 3 white guys hollering at a woman I know outside a gay bar and while she walked home one got out and pulled her in by her collar,” wrote user “Siggitrue” on the Portland subreddit.

The user told me the alleged robbery and kidnapping was reported to cops, but Portland police said it did not receive any report matching this description. When I followed up with “Siggitrue,” the user said that they were unwilling to reveal the woman’s identity out of fear for her safety and wrote: “I’m also not obligated to provide you with any information, so the trail ends here.”

Most social media users who shared stories refused to comment. Others admitted to repeating uncorroborated rumors. Andrew Lucht, a Portland resident who wrote a viral Facebook post releasing names and photos of accused attackers, told me he was not a witness to any attacks and did not know any of the victims. His post had accused the Proud Boys of being involved in murders.

“I’m surprised the post took off the way it did,” Lucht told me. “I heard all of this initially from a friend who was very upset.” That friend is neither a witness or victim, he said. “I believe I heard [about a] murder in one of their messages, but in hindsight, I could be wrong.” Lucht took down his viral post after one of the accused men threatened legal action for libel.

Rumors of attacks did not circulate only among radical-activist networks. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler amplified the rumors on Twitter. So too did the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which blamed “right-wing agitators” for the attacks. Car-ride company Lyft shared an advertisement aimed at Portland’s LGBT community. It repeated the rumors and offered a ride credit to encourage business. Activists organized a “safety day” training event featuring a workshop called “Local Fash 101” where attendees were taught how to spot fascists.

The Portland Mercury published multiple stories and printed a claim from a woman who alleged via email that she was the victim of a brutal gay bashing in downtown Portland. (The article does not cite any records and I could find no corroborating evidence that this happened as described.)

When I asked reporter Blair Stenvick what steps she took to independently verify that allegation, she said: “I’m not interested in discussing this with you.” Portland Mercury’s news editor, Alex Zielinski, also declined to comment on my inquiry. The paper’s reports were widely shared and used to legitimize the panic.

Those who spread the rumors were cheered for bringing “awareness” to LGBT issues. Lost in all this was any concern for the people victimized in the process.

One of the men who says he was falsely accused in the panic is Robert Zerfing, a 35-year-old Battle Ground, Wash., resident. He used to attend conservative rallies in the Portland area but has since renounced the Proud Boys for their involvement in brawls.

Jenny Bruso claimed that her partner’s attackers drove a maroon Bronco or Suburban. Doxers identified that Zerfing owned a maroon SUV and used that as evidence he was involved in the attack even though that car was repossessed three months ago. He showed me one of the many death threats he now receives.

“I guess we will find out when we pay that address a visit,” the text reads. “4 hate crimes in the last week you were involved in. Paybacks a bitch mother f–ker.”

All the men I contacted who were blamed for the attacks categorically deny having any involvement. Some are current Proud Boys members in various chapters across the West Coast, some are ex-members and others were random rally attendees who were photographed at events between 2017 and 2018.

“The Proud Boys is the most welcoming organization that I have ever been a part of,” Fred Swink, an openly gay Proud Boys member in Vancouver, Wash., told me. Swink has spent years being involved in the queer scene, where he was once the publisher of Stonewall News, an LGBT newspaper in Spokane. Swink is also familiar with gay bashing. In 2008, there was a series of alleged assaults on gay men in Spokane who were lured and mugged through hookup sites. Some of them were closeted or married to women and did not go to the police.

“Many victims never report for a variety of reasons,” Swink says. “But if they start making allegations that provide no details, that just creates hysteria. The men I knew who didn’t report their attacks to police also didn’t bring attention to themselves through viral social media posts on Twitter or Facebook.”

Indeed it is known that some victims don’t report crimes against their perpetrator. Many fear that they will not be believed. What is less understood is why anyone might expect people to believe they’re the victim of a crime in the absence of evidence.

As in the case of Jussie Smollett, who is suspected of orchestrating a racist homophobic attack on himself, making wild allegations of bias-motivated assault creates hysteria, mistrust and a breakdown of law and order.

Which is a fair description of what happened on Feb. 24 at an emergency “town hall” organized by the Q Center, an LGBT organization in Portland. Executive director Cameron Whitten explained that the severity of what the community was experiencing called for extrajudicial measures.

“We have not reached out to the Portland Police Bureau,” he told the crowd of 500 people who whooped and clapped. Alleged victims were encouraged to report anonymously online to activist organizations, according to fliers handed out at the door. Portland United Against Hate is one such organization. The group did not respond when I asked what mechanisms it has in place to vet and verify anonymous online reports.

Whitten said at the town hall that there had been 10 attacks but in an interview with me admitted that he had only spoken directly with one alleged victim. That individual told him of a negative experience with police rather than experiencing a hate crime. The other person he spoke to was an “advocate” of Sophia Stanford whom he declined to name.

Outside of the initial allegation by Stanford, none of the purported incidents of beatings, killings or kidnapping were — I confirmed with Portland police — reported to authorities.

Did these crimes really happen? Wilfred Reilly, a political scientist at Kentucky State and author of the book “Hate Crime Hoax,” says the nonreporting and cinematic narrative are indications they might not have.

“If you were actually beaten by a group of homophobes, you’d go down to the precinct house before you’d go on Twitter and Facebook,” he says. Through his research, Reilly has collected more than 500 cases of American hate hoaxes concentrated mostly between 2013 and 2018.

Patterns he identifies among them are the lack of evidence, reluctance to cooperate with police, sensational claims, the presence of fundraising and the involvement of radical activists — all of which appear to be happening in Portland.

Fear and hatred of police may sound irrational in progressive Portland, where the sympathetic mayor doubles as the police commissioner, but it’s also convenient — until it’s not. Filing a false police report, as Smollett was suspected of doing, is a crime. And while Chicago prosecutors last week dropped their charges against Smollett in a strange twist that’s now being probed by the FBI, most people who waste police time don’t get off lightly.

It’s clear that Sophia Stanford and Brie Jones were injured. What’s less clear is how those injuries actually occurred. Only the people actually involved know, and nobody is apparently willing to speak.

Andy Ngo is an editor at Quillette. Follow him on Twitter @MrAndyNgo.
These hate crimes being immediately followed by solicitations for pitybux and accusing a group of spergs the Portland LGBT sphere already hates, combined with their hostility towards the press, really gets my noggin' joggin'.
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Dracula's Spirit Animal

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These hate crimes being immediately followed by solicitations for pitybux and accusing a group of spergs the Portland LGBT sphere already hates, combined with their hostility towards the press, really gets my noggin' joggin'.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here ad say they are all hoaxes. I knew a few gay people back in the dark scary days of the seventies and early eighties. Gay bashing was so rare back then, when someone would have had little to worry about as far as repercussions, these stories are ridiculous. I swear to God we have an entire vast swath of our population who are suffering from Borderline, Narcissistic, or Histrionic personality disorders. Manipulative drama queens, the bunch of them.
 

Hux

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I swear to God we have an entire vast swath of our population who are suffering from Borderline, Narcissistic, or Histrionic personality disorders.
Social Media, son.

We never had this bad back when people weren't getting (at the very least) psychosomatically rewarded for it, but now we have kids that got on Facebook and Twitter in Middle School and have been addicted to the rush of likes and asspats ever since

I can only imagine how jealous people in the Tobacco Industry are towards the likes of Zuckerberg and Dorsey
 
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Bon Bon

My name is Amanda Hugankiss, this is my story.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here ad say they are all hoaxes. I knew a few gay people back in the dark scary days of the seventies and early eighties. Gay bashing was so rare back then, when someone would have had little to worry about as far as repercussions, these stories are ridiculous. I swear to God we have an entire vast swath of our population who are suffering from Borderline, Narcissistic, or Histrionic personality disorders. Manipulative drama queens, the bunch of them.
Theres a noticable difference in nature between pre and post social media LGBT people, maybe its just that they're older but i swear it used to be less creepy and self serving
 

Crippled_Retard

I'm stuck in this fucking chair
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All this succeeds is potentially turning back decades of acceptance for gays by giving them a reputation of faking shit for money.

And of course when something actually does happen people are gonna be less inclined to believe it. Obvious shit but fuck, it pisses me off how much this bullshit hurts everyone.
 

TowinKarz

Is it Morning Yet?
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All this succeeds is potentially turning back decades of acceptance for gays by giving them a reputation of faking shit for money.

And of course when something actually does happen people are gonna be less inclined to believe it. Obvious shit but fuck it pisses me off how much this bullshit hurts everyone.
It's amazing that between this and Jussie's big scam, people still refuse to believe anything bad could come from someone crying "Wolf!" because it somehow raised awareness of Wolf Attacks, so it's not like it can HURT anyone...... except all those who really DO get victimized but are now not belived.

How can this generation be FAILING kindergarten-level morality? Or even causality?
 

GrungyLawnChlorinate

confirmed hairless and stable
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UPDATE: these guys have done this to multiple people now! Someone was just attacked by them IN KENTON (my neighborhood)!!!! They’re apparently Proud Boys!
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QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE IN PORTLAND, BE CAREFUL!!! My partner, Brie, was just attacked by two young white men in a maroon Bronco or Suburban at SE 7th & Madison. She was walking to her car after work and they pulled up beside her, yelled “DIE FUCKING DYKE!” and threw an unopened beer can at her face so hard she fell down. It busted her cheek open and broke her fucking glasses. I hate thinking about what would’ve happened if she wasn’t wearing glasses. This is a picture of her cleaned up, but you can still see faint blood on her neck. We’re scared and angry and terrified this may happen to someone else or worse. Please be aware of your surroundings and let your networks know about any suspicious behavior.
As far as taking an unopened can to the face she got off easy. You'd expect a tremendous bump and bruising as well.

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What's more puzzling is how they do so much hiking and still remain so chubby. After a few months of regular hikes like that how are they not thin?

Bonus tangent via Andy Ngo's twitter:
Lesbian. Black. Wheelchair-bound. Suffering from brain cancer. It was hard to imagine a more vulnerable target.

In May 1992, when a 40-year-old former corrections officer named Azalea Cooley said that vandals had spray-painted a swastika and "Burn, Nigger, Burn" on her house, Portlanders reacted with a reflexive kick of outrage.

The mayor, the Police Bureau, the Urban League, the No on 9 Campaign, the Anti-Bigotry Coalition, the Metropolitan Human Rights Commission--everyone jumped to condemn the attacks.

Despite the outcry, the harassment continued. Swastikas. Threatening letters. Burning crosses. One morning she found a black plastic doll on her front porch with a .38-caliber bullet lodged in its forehead.

These crimes touched a raw nerve. After the murder of Ethiopian student Mulugeta Seraw by skinheads in 1988, and the battle over homophobic Ballot Measure 9, Portland no longer seemed like the friendly, tolerant town we once believed in.

Community activists rallied around Azalea, holding all-night vigils and setting up video cameras on her porch to nab the perpetrators. All to no avail--the cameras malfunctioned, and the sinister stalkers seemed unperturbed by potlucks and prayer drums.

By mid-September, the Portland police had gone from baffled to suspicious. Without telling anyone--not even then-Police Chief Tom Potter--investigators set up cameras in a neighbor's apartment.

On Nov. 1, supporters held a rally to "Take a Stand Against Hate," which began with a spiritual "wombing," after which Azalea, in her wheelchair, led a throng of 500 protesters in a march across the Hawthorne Bridge to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Those protesters had no idea that a secret police videotape from that very morning showed a woman with close-cropped hair step past her wheelchair, stick a wooden cross in a flower pot on her back porch, and set it alight.

It was Azalea.

When detectives confronted her with the evidence, she slashed her wrists and was hospitalized. A week later, she penned a handwritten note, confessing that the incidents had been staged, and admitting that she didn't have cancer or need a wheelchair.

The news stunned her supporters. "You don't know, 'til you've met someone like this, how bizarre it is," one friend recently told WW, recalling how Azalea shaved her arms and dyed her eyebrows to simulate the effects of chemotherapy, and earned extra fem cred by claiming that her cancer was being treated with black-market RU-486. "That woman's agony was real. She was really lonely--in some deeper sense than just not having friends."

Twelve years later, it remains unclear why Azalea faked the attacks. But the reason she got away with it for so long is painfully obvious. At some level, we wanted to believe her. Her story seemed to confirm a dark, paranoid vision about the forces of hate running loose in America--an anti-fantasy that gave us permission to distill our shock and empathy into a jolt of pure rage.

Indeed, America was so hungry for victims in the early '90s that some activists continued to champion Azalea's case even after she admitted making the whole thing up.

Following her confession, Azalea dropped out of sight. WW tried to locate her several times over the past decade. The last we'd heard was a vague report from her former lawyer saying that she was living in California and working with the mentally ill.

WW finally tracked her down in Vallejo, Calif., a working-class suburb north of San Francisco, where she lives in a one-story house not far from Interstate 80.

By all accounts, she remains a reclusive figure. Neighbors say she lives with her sister, Linda, and a black-and-white Maltese, Mitchell, in the house where she grew up.

She was not eager to speak to WW.

"I have nothing to say that anyone in Oregon should be interested in," she said. "I was sick during that time and I'm better now. I haven't forgotten what happened up there. It never leaves me. I can't go back and change what happened in Oregon. It's the most painful thing in my life. But that life is over. I have a new life. A better life.

"I went through a lot of therapy, a lot of hospitalization, and I have become a healthier person. I have a relationship. I have a dog. I am a normal person. In fact, you couldn't pick me out of the crowd if you saw me walking down the street."

Which is puzzling, because neighbors in Vallejo say Azalea does not seem to be in good health. They say she uses a wheelchair and takes a long time to answer the door. They say she told them she has cancer--a tumor in her spine.

Azalea was not interested in pursuing this issue. "I have started a new life," she said. "Let me just get on with my life. Find someone else to harass, OK?"

Violence takes a heavy toll on women's souls, White said, silencing them and keeping them from becoming whole. She told the story of Azalea Cooley, the victim of the longest string of hate crimes ever perpetrated in Portland, Ore. Against the backdrop of local anti-gay legislation called "Measure 9," Cooley, a 40-year-old wheelchair-bound African American lesbian suffering from chronic brain cancer, awoke one morning to find, "Burn, Nigger, Burn" painted across her wheelchair ramp. The next morning she found the shape of a cross burned into her front lawn. For 21 consecutive mornings there were new horrors.


The opponents of Measure 9 rallied around Cooley and offered their compassion and support. She spoke at a "Take a Stand Against Hate" rally that aimed to build momentum against Measure 9. In short, she became a rallying point for the liberal community in Portland in its efforts to halt the legislation.


Yet the hate crimes continued: Burned crosses, obscene letters and phone calls, signs saying "Nigger&" until the day that a hidden police surveillance camera discovered the perpetrator.


The figure the police saw hammering together a wooden cross, dousing it with lighter fluid, setting it ablaze and then scurrying off into the bushes on agile limbs, was the woman, herself: Azalea Cooley.


White asked the audience to look beyond their knee-jerk reaction of regarding Cooley as a traitor. She said a better response would be to ask themselves, "What would have to happen to a person, what pain would she have had to suffer, what wounds would she have had to endure, to make her commit such atrocities against herself?"


White said Cooley's actions should be seen as part of the continuum of the manifestations of fear, pain, violence and suffering that mark all women's lives. She asked, "Who or what betrayed Azalea Cooley?" White recited a litany of incidents of betrayal that women, especially women of color, have experienced that were not heard, cared about or paid attention to: the unsolved cases of African Americans who were murdered in Seattle a decade ago; the Greensboro, N.C., murders; and the four African American girls who were murdered in September 1963 in Birmingham, Ala., when whites dynamited a church.


Azalea Cooley got people to pay attention when they thought she needed support, White said. She urged women to come together and refuse to be silenced by their suffering.
 
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