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Portland stabbing survivor says city has "white savior complex"

Deadly Portland attack details

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man who was stabbed in the neck while trying to stop a man from shouting anti-Muslim insults at two young women on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train said Wednesday that the city should focus on the girls, not him.

An emotional Micah Fletcher said in a six-minute video on his Facebook page that Portland has a "white savior complex" and residents are heaping praise on him, but the real victims are the women. He says they must be traumatized from being targets of hate and from the deaths of two other men who also tried to intervene Friday.

Fletcher urged people to donate money to a fundraising campaign for the girls.

"We need to remember that this is about them," Fletcher said. "This is about those little girls."

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Micah David-Cole Fletcher, who survived a stabbing on a Portland light rail train GoFundMe

Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of fatally stabbing Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23. Prosecutors say he attacked them after they confronted him for harassing two young black women, one of whom wore a Muslim head covering.

Fletcher, a 21-year-old student at Portland State University and a poet, also stood up to Christian. Music students and staff at PSU tell CBS affiliate KOIN they have admired Micah Fletcher since he started taking classes there in the fall.

One of Fletcher's professors, Joel Bluestone, told KOIN he is not surprised Fletcher stood up to help.

"He did it because it's just the right thing to do and he's just that type of person. I mean, two teenage girls are getting harassed. You just step up. It's the right thing to do," he said. "He's that type of person, definitely, 120 percent that type of person."

Fellow student Josh Gianola also said he wasn't surprised about what Fletcher did.

"It's amazing and I think what everyone hopes that they would do in a situation like that, and he did it," Gianola told KOIN. "It's not surprising that he would stand up to hate in such a way. Of course, its devastating that that's how it turned out but it's not a surprise that he would stand up like that."

Fletcher's wound was within millimeters of being fatal, court documents say. He has been released from the hospital and attended Christian's first court hearing, where a scar on his neck was visible.

Christian, 35, did not enter a plea Tuesday. His court-appointed attorney, Gregory Scholls, has not returned a call.

Court documents describe a chaotic scene on the train from the moment Christian boarded.

He was drinking sangria from a large, bladder-style bag and began shouting anti-Muslim slurs once he spotted the two young women, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Lufkin.

More than $1 million raised online for victims of Portland stabbing

One passenger tried to intervene and was not hurt. The women moved away from Christian.

Surveillance video then shows Christian turn his attention to Namkai-Meche, who was seated. It wasn't clear if he said something to draw Christian's attention, but he stood up as Christian began shouting at him.

Fletcher then stood up and pushed Christian hard enough to make him stumble, the affidavit said.

Christian pulled a folded knife from his pocket and concealed it in his hand, prosecutors say. As a shoving match ensued, Christian first stabbed Fletcher, then Namkai-Meche, the documents say. Best then tried to come to their aid and was stabbed.

Also Wednesday, an organizer canceled an anti-Shariah law rally that had been planned for June 10 in downtown Portland. In a Facebook post, Scott Ryan Presler blamed "inflammatory comments" by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler that he said put participants at risk of violence. He said they will march in Seattle instead.

Wheeler had called on the U.S. government to revoke a permit for an event Sunday billed as a pro-President Trump free-speech rally and not to issue a permit for the rally against Islamic law. Both were planned on federal property.

The government said Wednesday that it would not revoke this weekend's permit.

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