“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”-Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) I have been reluctant to compare what is happening in Richmond to Kristallnacht, the orgy of antisemitic violence in Germany in November, 1938. After all, only one synagogue has been vandalized. So far. The Black Hand Coffee Shop had its plate glass window broken out because the owner stated on social media that obeying and enforcing the curfew were good ideas. So much for The First Amendment. People put “Black Lives Matter” signs in the windows of their homes either out of agreement or fear. My money is on fear. The statues to Columbus and Jefferson Davis have been toppled by mobs. The citizenry and the government had no voice in those actions. The situation in Richmond has about as much to do with protests over the death of George Floyd as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand did to the Battle of Verdun. My son lives in a gentrified area of Church Hill. He purchased a pistol and an ammo load that has real “stopping power.” Gentrified areas could well be the next targets, because gentrification is racism. A life long friend thinks buying a pistol and a shotgun would be a good use for his stimulus check. The situation here is no longer a fervent debate over lattes´at Starbucks. It is one or two steps removed from insurrection.