(The Root) — There’s lots of buzz and fear out there about black people rioting in the streets if a verdict other than “guilty” is handed down in the George Zimmerman case. As the trial winds down, there’s no shortage of fearmongering in the media, from radio and TV to print and online.
But black folks aren’t the only ones with the capacity to channel hot emotions through destructive means. No one seems to remember the Red Summer race riots of 1919, an entire season of deadly riots mostly sparked and led by whites. Everyone also forgets how soccer and hockey fans like to burn things up and tear things down when their favorite teams win or lose.
But the question posited is always whether or not black people will riot in cases like this. If George Zimmerman is acquitted, will black people be angry enough to resort to violence? Why aren’t we worried about other folks rioting if Zimmerman is found guilty? Surely it couldn’t be that, collectively, blacks are still seen as savage creatures who can’t help resorting to primitive means of emotional dealing, right? Nah, couldn’t be that.
So today Twitter asked: What makes white people riot? The responses, tagged with #WhyWhitePeopleRiot, ranged from silly and fun to soberingly insightful. Take a look at some of the best below.
You’re telling me that you don’t have a vegan, dairy free, gluten free option anywhere on this menu? #whywhitepeopleriot
— Katy, Esq. (@kayteeod) July 12, 2013
— Flaire Huxtable (@pjenks) July 12, 2013
“WHAT DO YOU MEAN MY DOG CAN’T SIT AT THE TABLE?!” #WhyWhitePeopleRiot
— Humphrey Braggart (@EmpressiveGeek) July 12, 2013
— Don Siler (@BlackiusMaximus) July 12, 2013
Paula Deen loses her endorsements #whywhitepeopleriot