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Weekend open thread: America enraged
Massive protests across the country for several nights have been punctuated by police violence, and the president threatens to shoot people.
The past few nights have been intense, as protests across the country this weekend in response to George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis former police officer Derek Chauvin have erupted in many cities.
The crowds have been energized, diverse and massive. There’s been a lot of property damage, but it’s still unclear how much of this has been from outside agitators, including right-wing groups and white supremacists. (Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have claimed it’s “far-left” agitators, but they offered no evidence, as several reports have shown the presence of right-wing agitators.)
The police violence against protestors, in Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Louisville, Chicago, Washington and elsewhere, has been nothing short of staggering, often unprovoked.
The president has threatened “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” in responses to protests outside the White House, as his most fascistic tendencies were on full display.
And journalists have been targeted.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic rages on. It’s a dangerous time, but there’s also a movement galvanizing nationally. Please jump in to the open thread and give your thoughts, comments and feelings, and I’ll jump back in too.