Appreciate you doing all this work, Michael. (Although i don't completely agree that this is worse than the 60's --- over 100 cities recorded regular occurrences of rioting during those Long Hot Summers, so although I can't tell you if Green Bay or Fort Wayne was involved, I can say that when you count down to the 100th largest city, you're going to find names which you don't normally associate with social disturbance.)

Just today, a Facebook friend posted a picture of an educator (white, older woman) who had been injured, ostensibly by a rubber bullet fired by a Federal agent, bemoaning the fact that she was injured while being peaceful (she probably was, but I suspect the people around her may have been less so.)

At any rate, that caused me to ask what appears to be the most unwanted question in America right now (which you allude to), which is WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE WANT?

The other day, the mayor of Portland, who supposedly is a left-leaning fellow traveler with the rioters/protesters/activists, went outside to (I assume) ask that very question. He was met with "Fuck you" and chants demanding he resign.

And that's somebody who has acquiesced to what most believe to be the demands of the activists, primarily the reallottment of police funding to other departments, and has (for the most part) permitted these folks to run amok in his city without serious resistance.

Now that these "demonstrations" have gone on for two months, it is perfectly reasonable for elected officials to ask the question "OK, what's it going to take to get you people to go home?"

If that question doesn’t have an answer, OR local officials can’t find anyone who speaks for these people…..then one has to assume that the purpose of the demonstrations is simply to sow chaos for the sake of chaos, hoping that the chaos spreads and political destabilization occurs.

OR, if somebody DOES speak for the crowd, but their demands are beyond the ability of the local official to meet, OR are not in the obvious best interests of the larger population of the jurisdiction, then everyone is wasting their time.

What you're alluding to without saying is that from your research, it looks like the "right" narrative about these riots is correct, that the protests for Black Lives have been co-opted/astroturfed by white far-left anarchist groups who have ulterior motives, and are using the social consciousness of the millenials in an attempt to achieve a goal which is more far-reaching and destructive than any garden-variety progressive has in mind.

Having lived through the 60's, it looks to ME, from afar, that these anarchists are trying to provoke a Kent State incident. I hope that's not the case, and if it is, they do not succeed.

Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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