The city of Minneapolis had prepared for hellish conditions. National Guard troops presided over street corners. Businesses and homes were boarded up and barricaded. The city’s public schools shifted to online learning until Friday because sending children out would have been too dangerous. The NBA prepared to postpone games.
If the jury had turned in the “wrong” verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, destruction would be playing out on the national stage.
This is the country we inhabit now. Our establishment media and Democratic Party and universities and corporations are possessed by an ideology that holds that America’s systems and institutions are irredeemably evil and cannot be reformed. They must be torn out at the root.
Every time this group of people doesn’t get what it wants, whether a particular verdict, a politically useful corporate statement or an electoral outcome, there is the expectation of violence across the country.