My theory: America is protesting – angrily, but generally peacefully – over the death of George Floyd and all of the history in, about and around it.
America is rioting, on the other hand, because America is bored stiff after ten weeks of being cooped up inside with each other, unemployed or underemployed, being told they are “nonessential“, stricken with stage IV cabin fever, with no place to go but the online world that, hey, lookie here, told them about a huge get together!
No, not joking.
The Minneapolis police killing George Floyd was the spark.
A nation of Karens, on the other hand, had been piling up tinder for months.