I hate having to hit on this issue. I’m sure many of my usual liberal fans and supporters won’t be very fond of it but I can’t ignore the issue.
Most of us hate to see a riot happen over an issue such as this because it actually distracts from where the focus should be. It also gives credence to those who belittle, ignore and justify police brutality and a justice system that discriminates and totally does not have any concern for a large segment of our society.
One of my conservative friends said Obama was “fanning the flames” by saying he understands many people won’t agree with the grand jury decision. Obama also asked for peaceful protests so I’m not sure exactly how he can be so influential with starting a riot while having no influence toward peace.
My next cartoon will be on the grand jury decision. I’m trying to get my work done early this holiday week, not because I have big plans but because I know most editors won’t be at their desks Thursday and Friday. I already finished my Free Lance-Star cartoon for Sunday and I plan to draw another for The Daily Dot before the week is out.
In Keene, New Hampshire they hold an annual Pumpkin Festival. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do at a pumpkin festival but apparently a lot of participants think you’re supposed to riot. Last year 140 people were arrested at this festival. Last Saturday a riot broke out that required riot squads, tear gas and pepper spray with a dozens of arrests.
When there was a riot in Ferguson, Missouri, over police brutality a lot of the media called the rioters deadbeats, spongers, unemployed, gangsters, thugs, etc. When this pumpkin riot broke out most of the rioters, if not all, were white. The media didn’t use any of the terms they used to describe the rioters in Ferguson to describe the rioters in Keene. No, those rioters were rowdy, raucous students, bystanders and just a bunch of kids who got drunk. Maybe we should also question why these white kids want to destroy their own community and the level of white on white crime.
Maybe Sean Hannity should swoop in and hold a peace vigil.
Since the incident in Ferguson there’s been a lot of speculation about militarizing police. There’s supposed to be a difference between the military and local police. Currently there’s a Department Of Defense program that dispenses unwanted military equipment to police departments across the country.
For example, Culpeper County here in Virginia has a 25 thousand pound mine resistant vehicle. Culpeper has a population of 16,000. I wonder what percentage of Culpeperites (Culpeperians? Culpeperpers? Culpeperinians?) are mine laying gangsters.
I’m an Andy Griffith Show fan. I still watch it every now and then. Probably the best show ever until Barney left and it went to color. I saw a few cartoons use Mayberry analogies this week but none had a joke about Barney’s pocket. You know, Barney has one single bullet and he has to keep it in his pocket. Andy even sang about it once. “Oh my Barney, oh my Barney. Had a jail and couldn’t lock it. Had a bullet for his pistol had to keep it in his pocket.”