When I first saw the story concerning rioting at a pumpkin festival in lily white Keene, New Hampshire, I thought the story must be a creation of those funny guys at "The Onion." After all, riot police firing rubber bullets and tear gas into a crowd of unruly pumpkin festival goers is too bizarre to be true, right? But this wasn't fake news from a satirical website, it was actual news from a lot of independent sources. Dozens of arrests were made. Dozens of young people were treated for injuries at local hospitals. It qualified as a riot, by anyone's standards.
Folks in Ferguson, Missouri must be wondering what's wrong with white folks. I mean, it's not like some cop shot an unarmed student for walking down the middle of the street.
My theory is that white kids in New Hampshire desperately need a cause. It's one thing to go out and overturn cars and throw bottles if your favorite team has finally brought home an NBA or NFL title. That's an American tradition, as time honored as fireworks on the Fourth of July, or a trip to the gym after overeating for an entire Thanksgiving weekend. It's just what you do when you aren't busy with something important. Ask anybody.
But gathering to drink and rage in a quiet little Mayberry-esque village in October? Shit, people, this isn't spring break at Daytona Beach!
No... the kids at Keene State College and the surrounding area really need some way to vent their pent up emotions and energy.
Too bad we don't have a couple of never ending wars to protest, or a creeping theocracy in our state and federal government to stand up against. I imagine Elizabeth Warren would have been willing to interrupt her nascent presidential campaign to attend if those kids had been raging in the street about the government's on-going practice of student loan usury.
But a pumpkin festival?