Wikipedia defines psychological projection as a "defense mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others." In a bizarre moment, Oregon Governor Kate Brown seemingly heaps all the Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence on white supremacists.
During a press conference that touched on the recent statement signed by Democrats denouncing violence and specifying white supremacy, Governor Brown was asked by a reporter why she failed to call out Antifa for their role in the violence. The Governor answered:
Brown: "My goal, my vision for a future Oregon is to build a better Oregon where everyone can thrive and that means eradicating racism.
My understanding of these organizations is that they are built on hate and I think it make it really difficult for us to build what Dr. King would call "a beloved community."
Reporter: Would you plan to address issues with Antifa, as well?
Brown: "We will continue to work with the community to make sure that folks understand that our goal here is to stop the violence directed toward property, stop the arson and obviously stop the person to person violence that is happening, yeah."
Surely, no thinking person supports white supremacy. Most people could not name a white supremacist, nor could they name a white supremacist organization. Some people might accuse an organization of being a white supremacist organization, but could not name anything they have done to attempt to advance the cause of white supremacy. In a state where there is so much to be fixed, from support for foster children, to wildfires, to unfunded PERS liability -- not to mention Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence in Portland and COVID-19 shutdowns, Governor Brown has identified white supremacy as a major problem in Oregon.