NPR published an article claiming that calling a riot a “riot” is offensive because it’s “rooted in racism.”
The article was written by Jonathan Levinson for Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Portland NPR affiliate.
Portland has experienced 93 days of continuous rioting – last night was the first time in that entire period that the city has not seen unrest – but according to Levinson, merely calling a spade a spade is a racist dog whistle.
Levinson’s argument for this position is vague to the point of being non-existent. He appears upset that police are able to declare a riot and use crowd control measures to disperse violent BLM mobs.