As many of you know, I am old white man. Unlike many other old white men, I don’t watch Fox News, except for some comedy relief, and I certainly don’t agree with anything the Republican Party and their allies spout as what the country should look like. I am an old white man who is fed up with unequal treatment of women, minorities, LGBT, and other non-white groups. I served this country because I believe in fair, honest, equal treatment of everyone. I also believe that is what America is supposed to be all about.
A couple of months ago, there were riots in Ferguson, MO over the shooting death of Michael Brown. (I am afraid that once the grand jury comes down with their decision about charging or not charging the police officer who shot him, more riots will unfold. Even though I fully understand the frustration that causes such riots, I am not in favor of violence.) When the Ferguson riots took place, Fox News was front and center complaining about the rioters and then the peaceful demonstrators that followed. They are still ranting against them. Remember, as I go forward, Fox News claims to be a “Fair and Balanced” news network.
Fall has descended on us. The air is getting chilly. The leaves are turning. And all kinds of fall festivals are taking place in various parts of the country. In New Hampshire last weekend, there was a Pumpkin Festival. That festival turned into a riot. Keene State College students were at the heart of this “riot.”
During the incident, they turned over one car and danced on top of it. They shot off fireworks. They threw glass bottles. They even threatened a senior citizen. It got so bad that the police were called and they showed up in riot gear and brought out tear gas in order to quell the riots. One female student complained about feeling very unsafe.
There were reports of students pissing on private cars, not their own. As mentioned they threatened a senior citizen. Oh, by the way, they were drinking large amounts of beer and alcohol. To me, the worst part of the riots was that they seemed to be enjoying it. It was a cascade of violence in what is usually a quiet small town.
Of course the Keene students placed a YouTube video showing all the “positive” aspects of the festival. In the video you can see a bunch of students tossing back beers, girls twerking, at least one shot of a girls bare butt, and various forms of good ole college fun, all set to a Kayne West soundtrack. They somehow believe this was just a good time that somehow got a “little out of hand.”
The problem is that anyone who has lived in a college town sees this type of behavior happening every year. Especially during football season. This incident at Keene State College is not an isolated case. That being said, I ask again, Fox New where is the outrage about the riot? Where is the outrage about students drinking in public? Where is the outrage about destroying private property? Where is the outrage about those people threatening old people?
I can answer that in a few words. You won’t hear any outrage from Fox News. Why? Because the participants in this riot were white! See Fox News isn’t interested in “fair and balanced” news reporting. If they were, people like Sean Hannity and the self anointed prophet Bill O’Reilly would be screaming at the top of their lungs like they did during the Ferguson riots. No, Fox News is only interested in spreading their fear and hate mantra on the rest of society about those “others” who cause trouble. When it happens because white men are doing the rioting, it is just them letting off a little steam and things “getting a little out of control.”
If you seriously look at the reporting from places like Fox News on the Ferguson riots and the lack of coverage on the Keene State riots, you will see with clear vision the differences between white privilege and unequal justice prevalent in our society. Which of course is what the right-wing and their spokespeople at Fox News clearly want to exist. Nothing more needs to be said.