Bicyclists in Portland were out in force on Sunday, September 25, to ride in support of an African American family that was attacked in what police called a racially motivated incident.

A passing bicycle rider attacked Patricia Garner and her daughter, Foia Frazier as they were helping Foia’s three sons into a car on September 13. The man on the bicycle used pepper spray on the children and screamed racial slurs at the family. The oldest child had to be taken to a hospital later that evening due to breathing difficulties from the pepper spray.

The rally was organized by bicyclist Taz Loomans and as it got underway, Ms. Garner sat in front of a home near where the attack occurred. Ms. Garner was given notes of support written by those participating in the rally.

“I’m so grateful for the bicyclists who came together so that my grandkids know that everybody who rides bikes is not bad,” she said. “I’m just so overwhelmed with the love and support.”

“We’re out to support a family who’s part of our local community,” said Kelly Decklar, a rally participant who attended with her husband and their two young children. “On a micro level, this is just our community and our people. And on a macro level, it’s easy to feel very powerless. And when we can step up and support and just show that we care, I think that’s a good first start for our family and for the local community.”

 

Elizabeth is from southern West Virginia. She graduated with her Bachelor's from Franciscan University. She enjoys reading, hiking, dancing, and attempting to play the piano correctly. A writer since childhood, she hopes to help the world through her words.