After solemn memorial, mourners gather around the country to remember George Floyd.
That’s not an accident, experts say.
The issues at the core of these protests are not new, experts said, the diversity of the crowd and the sustained momentum are. Several longtime protesters have wondered: Why now? Experts cite a confluence of factors, including a mainstreaming of protests, a backlash to citywide vandalism, the response to a fortified Washington, frustration with the government’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and a growing recognition of unequal treatment of black people.