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David Roberts surveys the damage after his home was destroyed by fire a day earlier on a hilltop in Escondido, CA, May 16, 2014. The Roberts’ home was built with concrete and steel, and it still could not withstand the heat and fire. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT.)

It is impossible to justify the violence, looting, arson and vandalism that took place in Minneapolis and other cities after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Smashing windows, torching buildings and plundering stores do nothing to improve police behavior or help the African American community. They amount to useless destruction.

Impossible to justify, yes. Impossible to understand? Not at all. Police have participated in a quiet riot against black people for generations.

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