I was going to write a lengthly blog post about the upheaval and criminality surrounding this weekend’s Pumpkin Fest in Keene, N.H. But naw.
Long story short, a large bunch of shitfaced white college kids destroyed an entire town for the hell of it.
On the heels of Ferguson, St. Louis when mega media was under intense scrutiny after deliberate misreporting, Twitter was (once again) the go-to place to highlight jarring racial disparities. With the hashtag #pumpkinfest, Black Twitterati shared discourse about how media portrays white rioters as “out-of-control” and “rowdy” while Black protestors in Ferguson were demonized as “looters” and “thugs.”
In Keene, police dressed in riot gear sprayed pepper spray and tear gas, but that was only after hours of criminal behavior. White rioters threw bottles, rocks, and other weapons at police. They also set fires, and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
The situation in Keene and the response from Twitter reminded of this throwback gem by way of Chris Hayes.
Now, without much ado, here are my favorite tweets.
1. At first, I tried to be serious….
2. But then I had some fun.
3. Let’s talk about white privilege; this case stinks of it.
4. The stark differences between Keene and Ferguson are real folks. They mongrelize the Black body, when really, we’re a VERY peaceful people.
5. But let’s get back to the humor, shall we? Especially as Dear White People hit theaters on Friday.
6. N.W.A would be proud
7. Tis the season of overpriced pumpkin spice lattes…
9. Trust the expert.
10. When it doubt, just #BlameObama.
11. For less than 39 cents a day, you can help save a life.
12. These thugs and their bootstrapz!
13. These thugz need jobs!
13. And of course, at the end of the day…we facepalm tremendously over the basic fact that white people are capable of getting “rowdy” over pumpkins.
Arielle Newton, Editor-in-Chief. Get at me @BlackMusings. Get at us @BlkMillennials.