There is a long and storied history of behaviors being depicted through
the prism of people's skin color. During Hurricane Katrina, as people of
all races desperately searched for provisions, the media reported that white people “found” food, while black people “looted.”
Inspired by a list compiled by political blogger @red3blog in a series of tweets, here’s a more in-depth look at the 11 most ridiculous reasons white people have rioted.
11) Denver 1998: Denver Broncos Win Super Bowl.
9) Vancouver 2011. Vancouver Canucks Lose the Stanley Cup.
5) Pennsylvania 2011. Penn State Fires Coach Joe Paterno for
Looking the Other Way While His Assistant Coach Sexually Molested
4) Knoxville, Tennessee, 2010. Lane Kiffin Decides He Doesn't Want to Coach for the University of Tennessee Anymore.
1) Keene, New Hampshire, 2014. Pumpkin Festival Takes Place. No Really... a Pumpkin Festival.
much-mocked Keene State College riots this year are not just evidence
that white people can and will riot without the slightest provocation,
they are a troubling look at the very different ways our society views
behaviors based on skin color. In October, Keene State held its annual
Pumpkin Festival, a seemingly innocuous annual gathering that somehow
devolved into drunken (white) students turning over cars, throwing
bottles at the cops, stealing street signs, starting fires, shouting
obscenities at the police, and somehow, surviving without a single
person being so much as tased. Ironically, despite early unrest,
peaceful protests in Ferguson had been ongoing for weeks, but
conservative media, for some reason, labeled those activists criminals. Twitter couldn’t help noticing the
difference, resulting in tweets that wondered "Why are they tearing up
their own community?" and suggesting “White people in New Hampshire
really need to do some self-reflection and regulate their animal
impulses in the wake of #keenepumpkinfest.”