Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. A protest march is easily hijacked by hangers-on out for some sort of mischief. No doubt nobody actually set out to burn down a bookstore — but there it is, a bookstore got burned down.

Here we see before and after shots of Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore, in Minneapolis, which got burned down on the first night of protests there following George Floyd’s murder. It seems that insurance won’t be covering the building’s loss. The bookstore’s owners have started a Go Fund Me campaign to support rebuilding the business.

Are we at a turning point? It does look like real reform may be forthcoming this time. Taking a strong lead, the Governor of New York has required all localities to consult widely about what sort of police force they want, and to pass a law instituting that vision by 1 April next year, or face a loss of state funding.