The Lies We Tell About Riots

How America mystifies the wages of its racism

New York Magazine
May 29, 2020 · 6 min read
Protestors in front of the burning Minneapolis 3rd police precinct on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

By Zak Cheney-Rice

Decades of research and experience show that riots of the kind we’re seeing in Minnesota this week are responses to untenable social conditions. The unrest has been characterized, nevertheless, as inscrutable, and said to delegitimize the grievances that underlie it. Neither is true, but both…

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