It’s amazing that more than two months after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo., no arrests have been made and no trial has been set. That hasn’t stopped the protests and outcries of injustice, but there are those on social media who can’t understand why people are still protesting in Ferguson. Typically those people have been white conservatives who want to sweep the police-brutality issues that plague black communities under the rug.
When Brown was killed, there were riots. Those riots were no different from riots back in the day when black people got fed up with the injustice handed to them by the same people who were supposed to protect them.
When black people riot, it’s because of injustice—and that isn’t condoning the rioting that leaves black communities in shambles.
But let’s look at events this past weekend in two white communities. Yes, there were riots. No, they were not rioting about injustice. I’m quite sure that some of those who rioted don’t even care about the death of black men at the hands of police.
What were these white people rioting over?
Pumpkins and football. I kid you not.
Over the weekend in Keene, N.H., police had to pull out the tear gas and pepper spray during the annual Pumpkin Festival.
“I am saddened and disheartened at the events surrounding this year’s Keene Pumpkin Festival,” said Keene State College President Anne Huot. “Despite the concerted efforts of organizers, city officials, police and Keene State College, there continued to be disruptive behavior at parties in multiple locations around the city, injuries and property damage.”