Federal Troops in the Portland, Oregon Protests: Race, Authoritarianism, and a Posse Comitatus Act Violation

Zimmerman, Anne Houck

The use of federal troops in the Portland Oregon protests has a racial element. The motive to disperse the protests could be the disempowerment of those protesting racial injustice cloaked in an innocuous motive like assisting local police in ensuring the safety of civilians and protecting property. The implications for equality, respect, and justice in the US are dire: if federal troops can suppress racial protests in moments of nonviolent protesting, the racist undertones normalize the disparity in other areas like healthcare and access to education and high paying jobs where black people do not experience a level playing field.

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