A way of understanding America’s civil unrest

Protesters run as the Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct building burns in the background.

Cities across the country have erupted in protest following a spate of police killings of unarmed black people — most prominently George Floyd, but also Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Dion Johnson, and others. Police have attacked crowds with teargas, rubber bullets, batons, and vehicles. Rioters have burned buildings and looted stores. People have been seriously injured and several have been killed.