The Bates Student

The Voice of Bates College since 1873

Author: Darrius Campbell

Get out and see Get Out

If you have not seen the American comedy horror, “Get Out,” directed by the talented comedian, actor, and filmmaker, Jordan Peele, then you are missing out on life. You may think that I am over exaggerating, but in actuality, “Get Out” demonstrates the life that many minorities, especially black Americans, face on a day-to-day basis. Although the plot of the movie – black guy visits his white girlfriend’s family – may not pertain to everyone, I believe the message that the film conveys is extremely important and educational.

Chris Washington, played by black British actor Daniel Kaluuya, is persuaded by his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage as played by Allison Williams, to travel to Rose’s parents’ home. From the opening scene of the film, the couple makes it clear that they are in a fun and romantic relationship. Rose and Chris appear to love each other, but later on in the film, Rose makes it clear that blood is always thicker than water. Chris is skeptical about going to her parents’ house and displays his skepticism by asking Rose if her parents know that he is black. I could be wrong, but I think this question goes through every black person’s head when they want to pursue a serious relationship with someone outside of their race. Rose’s response to Chris’s question is very similar to people who would argue for a color-blind society. Rose asks, “Should I have told them that you are black?” Rose assures Chris that she would have told him if her parents were racist; she even states that her dad, were it possible, would have voted Obama in for a third term (as if that phrase is supposed to make a black person feel more comfortable around white people). Rose’s playful nature and good looks makes her easy to like; in reality, her actions and sense of ease in the face of Chris’s concerns could be taken as Rose being ignorant and indifferent towards issues that black people face.

Throughout the film, Daniel is very strong-willed, which I believe is an accurate reflection of many minorities today. Even when minorities do not want to admit it, they face great injustices regularly; however, the culture we live in leaves no time for emotional reflection. American culture has programmed us to push through all adversities; being successful is valued over reflecting and healing from the micro aggressions and discrimination minorities face throughout their lives. Within the film, Anna’s mother, Missy Armitage, was able to hypnotize Daniel by persuading him to discuss the death of his mother. The death of his mother was definitely a touchy subject, but Missy had no problem probing. Throughout the film, Daniel remains strong and level-headed. Due to his love for Anna, he allows the micro aggressions (e.g., hearing things like “blacks have a superior genetic make up”, being referred to as a beast, assuming the only black person black people in golf know is Tiger Woods, etc.) to fly over his head. However, the moment Daniel is faced with the death of his mother his weakness becomes evident. Daniel was still dealing with his mother’s death, but he was forced to face it when Missy brought it up, thus getting into Daniel’s head and placing him in a ‘sunken place’. Rachel Chappell’ 18 stated that the sunken place is “constant place of paranoia, of pain, of confusion, of disillusionment.” Because of all of the injustices that occur towards and around people of color from police brutality to blatant everyday racism, the idea of minorities living within a sunken place within their minds is very real.

Every time I watch the film, I notice some new hidden message that gets me thinking. The first time I watched it, I really took note of the ‘sunken place’ Chris was hypnotized into. The second time I watched the film, I noticed two things: the non-mixing of cereal and the very accurate acting that is portrayed within the film. In one scene of the movie, Anna is seen looking up her next black victim online, while eating Fruit Loops. She ate each Fruit Loop individually, drinking the milk from a glass in between. Everyone eats differently, but, to me, Anna’s method implied a disapproval of mixing.

I also noticed the fascination with black skin. Rose’s grandmother, who was essentially hypnotized into in the black body of the housekeeper, Georgina (played by Betty Gabriel). The way hypnotized Georgina rubbed her smooth black skin in her window reflection made the audience question is there something mentally wrong with Georgina or if she is really in love with herself. The way she was caressing her skin seemed like she was infatuated. Some friends brought up black beauty standards and how black people are stereotypically known to have smoother, younger-looking faces as compared to other races. When keeping this particular idea in mind, it seemed like Rose’s grandmother wanted to be placed in a black women’s body so that she could have the genetic qualities that black people have.

The third time I watched the film, I noticed my desire for the black guy to actually live within a horror film for once. There is a stereotype that black people are always one of the first people to die within a horror film, but “Get Out” lets the main protagonist of the film fight his way to freedom.

I urge everyone to watch this film. I have seen “Get Out” three times so far and I do not plan on stopping until I can truly enjoy the masterpiece without any reflection on hidden messages. The film was superb and if I had to rate it out of 10, I would give the film an 11; it really exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait to watch it for a 4th time. I want to give a brief shout out to Jordan Peele for becoming the first black director and writer to reach over $100 million at the box office for his film. This films demonstrates that America may finally be interested in engaging in conversations about race.

Which one are you?

Two weeks ago, in the #BlackLivesMatter course, a discussion occurred that has been on my mind for some time. I have noticed at Bates College there are quite a few students, including myself, who identify as allies to different oppressed groups. For an example, I believe that I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and a feminist as I truly believe in rights for the LGBTQIA+ community and women throughout the world. However, is believing enough?

On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Alicia Garza, one of the three founders of the #Blacklivesmatter movement, gave a talk at St. Mary’s College of California to people interested in fighting against anti-black racism, as well as connecting the community together. After her speech, she joined a diverse panel (White, Black, and Asian) who represented different races and experiences, but still had this common idea that white supremacy is not good for anyone. After the panelists shared their experiences in dealing with oppression and why the system should change, it was Garza’s turn to respond to what she heard from the other panelists. Garza validated and connected everyone’s experiences together, even that of the white woman who acknowledges that she will never know what it is like to be black in the United States: that she will never have to protect her son the way that a black mother attempts to by explaining the rules in which you oblige in order to survive in this country. The rules that ask you not be too black in public, but to be just black enough in order to get people to like you (being black enough by fulfilling the diversity requirement for schools, being black enough by performing above average in athletics, etc). Towards the end of Garza’s spiel, she stated that there are ways that the system could be cracked, and in order to crack it, “we do not need allies, but co-conspirators”.

In class we discussed the difference between allies and co-conspirators. As a class, we reached a general consensus – an ally is someone who does not act, but acknowledges the injustices that occur to minority groups. Allies continue to go on about their day regardless of whether or not something detrimental has affected another community. A co-conspirator is someone who acts on what they believe in and tries to bring justice to everyone. Co-conspirators are ready to fight for change, for equal rights and opportunity for everyone regardless of class, race, gender, sexuality or occupation. It is important to add that co-conspirators could have privileges such as being white, rich, male, heterosexual, etc., but are unafraid to use their privilege to voice concerns and fight for others in the non-dominant group.

Before discussing the difference between the two, I prided myself on being an ally to many different oppressed groups, but now my perspective has shifted. I am realizing that being an ally is not enough to bring change. Rather, I need to actively listen to the people who are being affected; when they need me in the front or back fighting for them, I must! I do not want to be an ally, but rather a co-conspirator. I will try to actively fight for justice for all because everyone deserves to have the privilege of a cis-gender, heterosexual, white male.

Being a co-conspirator means checking myself, my friends, family, and other people who I do not know when derogatory terms are used. Being a co-conspirator means being willing to stand up for oppressed groups because justice and freedom for all is much better than justice and freedom for some. Being a co-conspirator means making a change right now. This change entails less conversations and more action, because the conversation about ways we can end oppression have been going on forever. Now, it is time to act.

 

The melting “squash” pot

The Bates Squash team continues to be one of the better teams on campus and it is not because of our successful record. Rather, the integration of people from different backgrounds with a common goal. Former captains Lauren Williams’16 (Zimbabwe) and Caran Arora’16 (India) started a trend of bringing both the women and men squash teams together through social gatherings in order to unify our differences. From my perspective, they continue to be great leaders because although they acknowledge the squash team abilities, they also take into consideration that everyone has a story to be told; one must take time to listen, embrace, and act when a teammate needs support.

Kristyna Alexova’19 (Czech Republic) has the ability to pick and choose when she wants to run as the dominant player on court. Luca Polgar’20 (Hungary) plays with so much intensity and aggressiveness that her style of play leaves her opponents hopeless. Victoria Arjoon’s’19 (Guyana) precision, power, dedication, and effort make her a deadly player. Eliza Dunham’20 (CT) is a strategic player with the tenacity to always win, while displaying a level of sportsmanship that everyone should strive for. Capt. Emma “Momma” Dunn’17 (WA) has the ability to push anyone she plays with her level of fitness and knowledge of the game. Capt. Charlotte “DirtyChar” Cabot’17 (MA) is one of the smartest, fittest, and nicest players I have ever met. The “dynamic duo,” Katie Bull’19 (MA) and Molly Brooks’19 (VA) are having the best season because their opponents cannot figure out how to break them down. They are powerhouses! Blair Weintraub’18 (NY) puts lots of pressure on herself to be the best squash player she could be when she has proven that she is a great player through improving her game at a fast rate and working extremely hard on and off court. Nubia Beasley-Bartee’20 (IL) continues to improve her squash and fitness at a rate that I can only dream of. Kyla Rabb’17 (CT) has athletic abilities that allowed her to re-pick up the game of squash and compete at a collegiate level. Alyssa Rohan’20 (Switzerland) picked up squash as a PE credit and now strives for collegiate success with her determination and sense of calmness.

Besides from being a 3-time All-American, Ahmed Hatata’17 (Egypt) is truly a good person, which makes him a pleasure to be around. Due to injuries, Anirudah Nambiar’18 (India) has not played his best game of squash, but carries the burden of playing top of the ladder with fierceness because he never goes down without a fight and some cheesecake. On and off court Mahmoud Yousry’20 (Egypt) is a powerhouse, but listening to his philosophical views on life is even more impressive. Capt. Spencer Burt’17 (OR) definitely improved the most and is using his confidence, fitness, and determination to breakdown any opponent he plays. Graham Bonnell’20 (CT) is the smartest player on the court in my opinion and as a result his opponents are usually running aimlessly. Coley Cannon’19 (CT) thrives in a high intensity setting because he feeds off of the energy of the crowd and always has it in his heart to win. Garon Rothenberg’20 (NY) has not been 100% the entire season, but he continues to fight and put the team before his injuries and I respect his mentality and effort! Carlos Ames’17 (MA) comes back from a heel injury and still has the ability to compete with anyone he plays. The beep-test champion, McLeod Abbott’19 (NY), is always looking for ways to improve his game, which is a very specific game: run until your opponent cannot run anymore. Stefan Joseph’17 (British Virgin Island) brings the cool and relaxing island vibe to the court. Bernhardur Magnusson McComish’20 (MA) is the nicest player on and off the court and his potential for the future is literally at his discretion. The “silent assassin,” Creighton Foulkes’17 (MA), is hands down one of the hardest working athletes at Bates by far and I strive to have his work ethic. If someone could be the face of Bates squash, I would vote, David Quintero’20 (CA) simply because he is the highlight of most peoples’ days with his quirky sense of humor and squash style.

Squash is more than the “battle of the minds” and companionship, but rather the potential for productive conversations on differences. By bringing together a group of individuals with a common goal of squash success, this allows for each player to potentially hear another perspective on life. Productive conversations about racism, white privilege, and patriarchy occur within my team and although it’s uncomfortable, it’s a start to embrace diversity and inclusivity. Diversity does not promise a happy ending to your college experience, but rather enhances your education in a worldly sense. The Bates Squash team is by no means perfect, but the level of diversity that we have shows that there is potential to always learn about the lives of each other. The question is, are you willing to listen, embrace, and act when needed?

 

Debate comments

Darrius Campbell ’17

Lester H: Hilary, as of right now in this presidential debate you seem to be destroying Trump, how does this feel?

Hilary: It feels great to be the first woman to run for president and hopefully my gender covers some of my past mistakes and illegal activities.

Lester Holt: Trump, how does it feel to be owned by a woman in the 2016 presidential debate?

Trump: Well, you see the Wall will keep out illegals, I can end terrorism, and Vladimir Putin is my friend.

Lester: And ladies and gentlemen, these are the two candidates we chose to represent our country…smh.

Jacqueline Forney ’18

Following the vice-presidential debate last Tuesday night, I read an article on the Washington Post called, “The vice-presidential debate 2016, or the battle of the dads, recapped.” It was a comical spin on both the presidential and vice-presidential debates. Alexandra Petri, the author of the article, referred to the debate as a “parent-teacher conference” between Senator “America’s Stepdad” Kaine and Governor “America’s Father-in-Law” Pence because Hillary and Donald got into an argument and the people of America wanted to understand where they were coming from. The article sheds light on the overall divisiveness of the election particularly in each candidate’s presidential campaign rhetoric. So, if you’re looking for an entertaining read, I’d say go for it!

Austin Lee ’17

For those of you who didn’t watch, Senator Kaine and Governor Pence spent a substantial amount of the debate discussing foreign policy, social security, tax plans, and race relations.  In other words, it was super boring.  TV ratings for the debate were the lowest of any VP debate since 2000.  The Trump-Clinton debate on the other hand, was the most-watched in U.S. history.   It’s easier to watch candidates hurl personal insults at each other for 90 minutes than to go in-depth on public policy. People may not admit it, but they love the kind of gutter campaign Trump has run this year.  People don’t want a debate. They want a reality TV show.

Julia Panepinto ’19

The presidential debates so far did not tell me anything I didn’t already know. Trump obviously has no specific policy ideas while Hillary has concrete, detailed plans that will continue to move this country in the direction Obama began. In regards to the vice presidential debate, the uncontrolled and disrespectful manner of both candidates toward Elaine Quijano made the debate almost unbearable to watch. However, the inability of Pence to defend Trump when it came to his radical comments made it clear that the debates were going to do nothing more than help the democratic party. Ultimately, I have no idea how any thinking, non racist person could support the Trump-Pence ticket.

Student Government updates

With a new year at hand, Bates College Student Government (BCSG) has more updates in order to make this year’s campaign run even smoother. The Student sat down with the Bates College Student President, Adedire Fakorede ’18  to discuss some of the upcoming events.

Currently, the BCSG is in the process of running the election for class representative, in which 38 students signed up to represent their class; their responsibilities include working to improve Bates and being the voice of their class. As the voice of their class, the representatives have to acknowledge and understand what the members of their grade are going through and then brainstorm ideas and plans to fix the issues.

Fakorede stated that the Class of 2020 representatives are showing a lot of enthusiasm, which is what the BCSG needs, for it is critical that they are willing and ready to address any concerns that may arise. The members who are selected to represent their class will join the BCSG and other elected officials on a day-camping trip to Camp Kieve. The purpose of the trip is for BCSG members to bond with one another as it is important for to develop a strong relationship as a community across class years.

Also  important to note, the BCSG is concerned with the relationship between students and campus security. Students are under the impression that campus security is invading their privacy; therefore, the BCSG wants to dispel these feelings and address concerns of students and faculty within the security office. In order to build a strong relationship between the students, specifically the first year students, and campus security, Fakorede said there will be more programs between security and students.

Further, colleges or universities that receive federal funding have to report crimes that occur on campus as well as ways in which the school plans on improving the crime. This protection law obligates campus security to report crimes, so by asking Bates security to stop reporting underage drinking is impossible because by law, they have too and we as students need to respect that.

Last year there was some concern over laws being changed in order to keep someone in a particular position, but that is changing. The BCSG is working on a way to hold elections for the student body president in March. The election typically takes place in December, around finals week, but seeing as the election takes place in December, there is always a period when no student holds office. To avoid this situation Fakorede hopes to make the student body presidential elections in May.

Besides making Election Day in March, the BCSG is also working to make the Constitution more defined with concrete rules, so that the student body may know exactly what is stated and how to more accurately defend their rights.

Before our conversation ended, Fakorede mentioned two other issues that he deemed important: EMS and the Facebook page. Recently Bates EMS received a raise in terms of funding, and the student government plans to work closely with Bates EMS to determine how this funding can be used beneficially in aiding students who require emergency medical service. In terms of the BCSG Facebook page, BCSG is working on creating a platform on which students can receive announcements for events that are occurring as well as voice their opinions. If voicing your thoughts on Facebook is not enough and you want to do it in person, Fakorede encourages students to attend an open BCSG meeting, held every Sunday at 7pm.

 

Mock funeral procession

Whenever Annakay Wright’17 tells you they have something up their sleeve, but cannot disclose any information, you should probably prepare yourself for a statement to be made. On Friday, October 7th around 11:10 am the students participating in the student activism march met in the OIE, located in Chase Hall. The OIE is used as a “safe” space on campus for students who identify with minority identities.

The day felt hotter than normal because I kept thinking if any student or faculty member of color at Bates was shot would any parents, current student, alumni, or faculty care and protest the injustice? As we walked out Chase Hall, as a group of maybe 15, I was empowered. The white allies were passing out flyers while the black students and faculty members were marching. The flyers were a very important part of this march because last year when Annakay staged a “Die In” in Commons with some fellow students of color and white allies, some students who were not participating in on the “Die-In” took their opinions to YikYak. Students made racist slurs and questioned the purpose of the “Die-In” while doubting the injustices people of color encounter on a daily basis. Annakay had a mission to make this student activism piece so prepared that not even God herself could have questions about what is going on.

When we got to the front of Commons, I could see people in and outside of Commons looking at us, but did our peaceful march stop their conversations? Only a few. I guess I should be happy with a few conversations, but I am not. Everyday someone is dying due to police brutality and guess who it is? Take a second…I will let you think because obviously you are not up to date with the mistreatment of black people in America. This is our home just like everyone else. Fun Fact: Benjamin Bates was one of the main advocates for the creation of Bates College, but where did he receive his money to donate to the school? From black slaves who picked cotton for his textile mills. We have been an integral part in the formation of this country and school through blood, sweat, and tears, yet we cannot and do not get any recognition, but rather bits and pieces of our culture snatched from us.

As we begin to walk down alumni and past P’gill, I saw white students stop. Some record, smile, stare, but the worst of them all are the ones who zipped past on their bike, skateboard, or scooter, almost to say, “Sorry, but I do not care.” When we got to College Street to make a “U” turn and walk back down alumni, a white ally passed a flyer to a Bates worker who then responded, “White Lives Matter also.” When I saw who said I was hurt mostly because I say hello to this man every time I see him. Black Lives Matter does not mean White Lives do not matter, it just means that Black Lives should matter more right now because police officers follow procedure in terms of arresting a white person. But because some police officers are afraid of black bodies, the protocols go straight out the window and the bullet goes straight into the body of a black person making him another statistic and leaving a family distraught with no light at the end of the tunnel for race situations in America. To clear up another issue, black lives do not just mean African-Americans, but every shade of brown and black out there.

As we walked down Alumni, the walkway began to flood with students happy to finish with class, but confused because a group of students and faculty are wearing all black for the most part humming, “Lift our voice” and carrying the posters of the parents of the black people who have been murdered from police brutality. More students begin to stop and stare as we march down, which meant more students began to zip past us like we were invisible.

When we finally got back to Commons and walked inside to the Fireplace lounge, it was honestly very loud because of parents, students, and faculty members. Did I feel like they could and should have quiet down to listen to what conversations were being had? Yes, and people did. Our group went from 12-15 to about 30 people in a matter of minutes and that was a great feeling. White students who took time out of their day to listen were definitely informed listening to the students and faculty of color share their experience. Annakay would agree that the discussion and march were successful, but hopefully people realized their parents have the opportunity to come to Parents Weekend and show their love while some parents of color will never get to go to a Parents Weekend and if those parents did have children, is America going to allow them to live full lives? I guess it’s in the bullet of a police officer’s gun.

Social Justice at Bates

Let me just get straight to the point: Bates needs to add a social justice requirement. It is imperative to learn about the injustices and differences in and outside our bubble before converging with society outside of Bates.

A part of Bates mission statement states, “With ardor and devotion – Amore ac Studio – we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action.” After reading that particular part of the mission, my first thought was, if Bates had a social justice requirement, then we would be telling the truth within our mission statement.

Since when have Bates students engaged in the transformative power of difference? Although it sounds great to prospective applicants, we must be honest. As an institution, students engage whole-heartedly in the stereotypical college lifestyle – not the transformative power of differences. You know, the college lifestyle that places drinking on a pedestal, that never asks you to take a course that will make you realize your privilege. I do not doubt that Bates and some of its members really try to make a conscious effort to learn about others’ differences (economic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, privilege, etc.), but the vast majority does not. Potentially, by having a social justice requirement, students and faculty members will really understand the meaning of engaging in the transformative power of differences.

What about informed civic action? What does it even mean when Bates uses it in the mission statement? Although Bates encourages students to engage with the Lewiston-Auburn community, the problem has become that students are perfectly fine living in the bubble while keeping the mentality that Lewiston is the “Dirty Lew.” If you are thinking, “but I have been to Pure Thai, Mother India, and Forage!”, then you have been to the typical Bates spots. Next time, maybe try a Somali restaurant, or other spots in the community not usually flanked by Batesies. Just like Bates, Lewiston has its faults and just like Bates, Lewiston is working to better itself. No place is perfect; so why not venture out of the bubble or take a stroll to the Harward Center on Wood St. so that you could get involved within the community? Lewiston is filled with lots of culture, diversity, and curious people, so why not interact with them? You will be doing yourself a favor by getting out of your comfort zone, while contributing to developing the perception that the residents of Lewiston have about Batesies.

Bates needs this social justice requirement and I would argue we need it more than the S, L, or Q. As a community we are not taking the opportunity to embrace our differences with curiosity, but rather with ignorant remarks. I am tired of hearing, “are you African?” or “Are you gay?” and “Why don’t you fit the stereotypes of black men?” I can be dark skin and not African because people of color come from many different beautiful shades of black and brown. I can be an upbeat guy who loves to dance and have so much respect for women, while being a heterosexual male. I do not have to fit the stereotypes that people set in place to drag me down in some instances because my momma did not raise me to conform to a specific set of qualities. Maybe by having a social justice requirement in the future, students will get a better understanding of the injustices others have to face on a daily basis and why it is unfair to ignore our own ignorances.

Another Black Life Gone

On September 20 Brently Vinson delivered the fatal shot to 43-year-old, Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC. Brently and Keith are African-American men who have the potential to suffer the same fate in America today, but it just so happens that Keith is not who the “system” protects.

Although media reports and news coverage would describe Mr. Scott as the stereotypical black man, he was beyond that. The general stereotypical narrative of a black man is that he is worthless, jobless, and careless. Mr. Scott was none of these things. He was a disabled father of seven children who was simply waiting in his car for his son before the man in blue took his meaningful life. News reports says that the police officers went to the apartment complex that Keith was, looking for someone with an ‘outstanding’ warrant. Part of me wonders who the officers were really looking for. Was it just a ploy to invade another black community? Eventually, officers came across Mr. Scott. Although it is unclear whether Mr. Scott was tased at first, he was shot four times for sure because officers said he had a gun. The terrifying video from a police body cam and dashboard shows the disturbing video of another innocent black life being taken away. Family members and neighborhood friends of Scott said that he was a great and friendly guy who did not have a gun, but was reading a book while waiting for his son to return home from school. So, whose story do you believe?

Hopefully, you believe in the side that says black men do not deserve to die in general, but especially by the ones who are sworn in to protect the people. Hopefully, you believe in the side that says that (whether Scott had a gun or not) his life is just as valuable as the white men who are in possession of weapons and drugs, but still get to live and see another day. Hopefully, you believe in the side that says until these absurd deaths stop happening, police officers should have on body cams and the footage should always go public. Hopefully, you believe in the side that says that Black Lives Matter!

The killing of Keith sparked two different types of protest. The media would describe one of the protests as peaceful and the other as violent. When black people are protesting through a more controlled and organized form, the media thinks the movement is peaceful. A controlled black person is peaceful, but the minute that black person yells too loud and adds a little more movement, spunk, passion and frustration to their protesting, they are no longer deemed peaceful. Rather, they are viewed as violent. Certain acts are violent, such as when 26 year old Justin Carr was shot in the head during the protest. This act of violence is unacceptable and should not occur again. We should not be taking lives; we must form bonds with one another and fight the system that oppresses everyone except for cis-gender, heterosexual, white males. The murderer of the violent shooting was caught. Other than that, I do not think the protest, looting of merchandise from stores and vandalism are violent. They are acts that express how upset people are.

I hate to turn situations into a white versus black scenario because in all honesty, I do believe there will be equality one day. By comparing similar situations, hopefully the double standard will be noticed when it comes to violent protest. In 2011 Penn state coach Joe Paterno was fired because of the child sexual abuse scandal. Some students and fans flipped over vans out of anger. Some news articles referred to this particular situation as a riot, but most thought this form of protest was simply “unruly.” In 2014, at the Keene, NH Pumpkin Festival, the media described the behavior of the white college students who were starting fires, flipping cars, yelling and verbally attacking police officers as rowdy, unruly and disruptive. In order to disperse the crowd at the pumpkin festival, officers had to use tear gas. 2014, when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, fans were not so happy. There were a couple of shootings as well as about 40 arrests. Some fans burned furniture while others vandalized buildings, but the media did not refer to this incident as a riot. The list can go on and on. The double standard of how the media describes black compared to white protest is obvious and apparent.

 

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