The provocative actions of extremist groups on the far right and the left symbiotically combine with aggressive policing in Minneapolis and around the country in an attempt to recast the meaning of the non-violent, protest actions that are occurring now. No one would be happier than Trump and Barr if they are successful in burying the legitimate and longstanding demands of the protesters. But I don’t think they will. The political tides of justice and equality are cresting and widening and won’t easily be turned around.

In the antiwar movement of the sixties we saw the same kind of disruptive convergence, but it wasn’t successful.