PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) — As one of the United States’ whitest major cities, this Northwestern outpost has captured headlines for its large and sometimes raucous protests for racial justice and the aggressive law enforcement crackdowns that followed.

Now the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen who shot three people, two fatally, at a protest march in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, has added more fuel to the Portland activist movement. 

“We are trying to draw attention to the fact that it’s incredibly dangerous to say ‘Black Lives Matter,’” the Rev. Lenny Duncan shouted into a bullhorn outside of Providence Park, a soccer stadium in downtown Portland, on Sunday (Nov. 21).

Duncan, an activist pastor now based in Portland, and other faith leaders staged a “die-in” of

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