Protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin and three other Minneapolis policemen continued Sunday around the country. Riots broke out in Seattle, Chicago, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta and several other major cities. Protesters in Philadelphia hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, officials said, while thieves in more than 20 California cities smashed their way into businesses and ran off with as much as they could carry — boxes of sneakers, armloads of clothes, and cellphones, TVs and other electronics.
‘Please. Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe.’
Black man George Floyd died shortly after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck (warning: distressing) pic.twitter.com/kMPiILRUqR
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 27, 2020
Over the past few days the U.S. has taken on the look of a war zone, and it may not end any time soon:
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across America again Sunday, with peaceful demonstrations against police killings of black people overshadowed by unrest that ravaged cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and flared near the White House.
City and state officials deployed thousands of National Guard soldiers, enacted strict curfews and shut down mass transit systems to slow protesters’ movements, but that did little to stop parts of many cities from again erupting into mayhem.
Protesters in Philadelphia hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, officials said, while thieves in more than 20 California cities smashed their way into businesses and ran off with as much as they could carry — boxes of sneakers, armloads of clothes, and cellphones, TVs and other electronics.
America should not be surprised by this. Ralph W. Baker, Jr.’s Shock Exchange: How Inner City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead predicted this. Amid the Financial Crisis of 2008/2009 the Obama administration printed $30 trillion and gave it to his donors, corporations he wanted to work for after leaving office or someone he wanted to sleep with . . . all under the guise of spurring the economy.
Now that the economy has turned down again all hell is breaking loose. For those who want to learn about the civil unrest that is unfolding, and President Trump’s response, read Shock Exchange – the most important book on economics since the Great Depression.