This was all there was to it on First Ave yesterday at 7, but later, it got violent here as in so many other places. My family in St Paul, like us, heard helicopters & sirens, & they also heard gunshots & smelled the smoke from burning buildings. I'm going at this bassackwards — it's not about riots or destruction, it's about the murder-by-cop of a man in Minneapolis, following thousands of similar killings. It's about the fact that infant mortality is worse for black infants than 125 years ago. It's about so much I can't even start with a personal take: no lamentation, no breastbeating, no vows, no answers.
Right now there's a dozen cops on my corner, protecting the precinct up the block. Where were they when B&H was getting its window broken last night?
I'm not comparing property damage to loss of life, & I totally get the feeling that if black lives don't matter, why should white property?