People took to Twitter this weekend to mock the riots that broke out near a pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H. on Saturday and noted the difference between the way race was covered there compared to recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
The 24th Annual Pumpkin festival devolved into a riot that brought out cops, tear gas and pepper spray, according to the Associated Press. It even led to a statement from the New Hampshire governor’s office.
Many on Twitter noted the people clashing with the police in Keene appeared to be white.
They compared the media coverage to that of the rioting that broke out in Ferguson following the shooting death of black unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Below, some of the outrage expressed via Twitter:
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) October 19, 2014
“White people riot for this—”
Puts a pumpkin on the stage.
“Black people riot for *this*—”
Simulates being shot by a cop.
— Jamelle Ghoulie (@jbouie) October 19, 2014
I am urging the parents of white youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing LL Bean. #Keene
— Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) October 19, 2014
— Matt Weinecke (@MattTW) October 19, 2014
Don’t these people have jobs? Where are the white fathers? What will end this corrosive culture of violence?! http://t.co/1uqu4DAYnn
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 19, 2014
black people are protesting for their lives while white people are rioting at a pumpkin fest? #WhiteOnPumpkinCrime
— Ashley D (@ghesquieremuse) October 19, 2014
— Phoenix Universe (@PhoeB_loves) October 19, 2014
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