All Americans can agree that George Floyd’s death was ghastly and wrong. The racism that was a root cause of that horrific, dehumanizing act in Minneapolis must be rejected as immoral and un-American. That rejection is one of the things that unites the United States.
Another tenet of our republic is the need to protect life and property. Our democracy can’t survive without respect for law. Indeed, Floyd would be alive today if basic decency and the norms of civilization had been maintained.
These two beliefs – abhorrence of racism and respect for the law – aren’t contradictory. They are, in fact, what make us Americans in many ways. They are fundamental to what we understand to be justice in our country.
That’s why it has been so awful to see demonstrations meant to support the first of these