The protests all across America are obvious, but what's most obvious about them is not what's most important... The message is more fundamental than the mess.
The vandalism and the looting are unnatural catastrophes, and they don't convey much more meaning than catastrophes of the natural kind.
Destructive people are always among us. They are the friends of chaos, and when their friend is unleashed, they rush to embrace him.
Thieves are always among us, too. Protection of property and law go hand in hand. When law is chased away, property is too. Under the circumstances, property can't be expected to stick around and hang out with its rightful owners.
Even the violence is less meaningful than it seems. Despite some brutal attacks – from and on the protestors – this isn't a rebellion. A rebellion requires a clear objective. Although the protestors are quite clear about what they object to, they are less clear about what they want to achieve in an ultimate sense.
The protesters' demands – justice, ending racism, and eliminating violent, bigoted, and incompetent behavior by the authorities – are so inarguable they almost cause a consensus headache. People of goodwill have been trying to achieve these goals for hundreds of years. In the case of the first demand – justice – people of goodwill have been trying to achieve it for thousands of years.