Of The 12 Times A U.S. President Deployed The National Guard, 10 Were Responses To Racial Tensions
Large-scale riots due to racial injustice have been an overwhelming catalyst for military presence.
President Donald Trump has announced himself as the “the president of law and order” and has said he would dispatch the United States military amid growing racial tensions following the deaths of a string of Black citizens, reports WUSA9.
This comes fresh off the heels of Trump seemingly endorsing police violence by tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” as Blavity previously reported.
But Trump’s threats to sic the military on its citizens isn’t unfamiliar to the office. In fact, American presidents have a history of deploying the military when racial tensions run rampant, reports the Chicago Tribune. Out of the 12 times in U.S. history when the National Guard has been called upon by a president, 10 of those instances were related to racial integration and Black uprisings.