Keene, NH versus Ferguson, MO
"The Pumpkin Fest is nothing but people just having a good time. Stay blind." pic.twitter.com/I1OGKw56UD
— TheAnonMessage (@TheAnonMessage) October 19, 2014
Yep, that sums the up the press coverage pretty well.
As readers know, I live in a small university town, and I hate, hate, hate, hate party culture. It's just fabulously destructive, and the cause of rape and sexual abuse into the bargain. I had a year of feeling like a prisoner in the house from after-parties at a local student hellhole.
Of course, when universities started treated students as customers, party culture really caught fire, since who wants to study when you can party? And when universities started privatizing dorms, that added fuel to the flames, because there was no adult supervision. In fact, I think that, systemically or consciously, the University of Maine uses its reputation as a party school as a selling point. For pity's sake.
Here's the AP story. So, where are the armored vehicles? Where's the serious discussion of "white on white" crime? And so forth.
NOTE "When I was their age," I did plenty of stuff I wouldn't recommend today. But this?
One group of young people threatened to beat up an elderly man, and another resident heard someone "threatening to kill officers," according to the Keene Police Department log, which shows 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and at least 49 arrests.