This moment may be surprising or even shocking to some white people. But, the kindling and logs--the causes and conditions--of this uniquely US American bonfire have been layered carefully, systematically, and thoroughly, for centuries, since Europeans first colonized indigenous people, enslaved Africans, and took Mexican land. The genocide, slavery, occupation, and sadism that founded this nation have proven to be inescapable. Structural racism is in the DNA of virtually all the social, political, judicial, and economic institutions within which we function. Racial othering is part of the first breath we all take as newborns.