Philadelphia Had A Riot, Not A Celebration, But White Privilege Refused To Call It What It Was

Philadelphia Had A Riot, Not A Celebration, But White Privilege Refused To Call It What It Was

The police chief had sent out a tweet and 9 p.m. that said, “Still going strong in the [Office of Emergency Management]. But, if everyone could go home that would be great,"
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On February 4th, 2018, Philadelphia erupted into chaos after their Superbowl win. Philly residents, local college students, and Eagles fans took to the streets to celebrate chanting “Fly Eagles, Fly!” and “F*** Tom Brady!” For the most part, the crowd had been peaceful, aside from completely blocking traffic and emergency vehicles.

However, there were an overwhelming amount of incidents that weren’t so peaceful. To record the events, a hashtag on Twitter was formed called #philadelphiapolicescanner.

People uploaded videos, as well as crazy and scary things, heard over Philadelphia’s police scanner Sunday night into Monday morning. These were not limited to Eagles fans smashing a Macy’s window, looting a gas station, and taking kegs over the gate of City Hall, all three recorded on video, but also police scanner reports of stolen police horses, a count of traffic police knocked down and even a report of an ostrich stolen from the zoo by Eagles fans. Yes. This all happened.

What’s even amazing still is that despite everything that had happened, there were only three arrests reported by the Philadelphia Police Department.

In fact, the police reaction had been very passive compared to what is generally expected during the chaos in massive crowds which is usually met with rubber bullets and tear gas if need be.

Police had taken out their riot gear but mostly worked to passively cause the crowd to disperse on their own. They did what police are normally expected to do - which is “keep the peace.” The police even responded peacefully when the crowds through cans and bottles at them by putting on helmets.

In an article about the police by the Philly Inquirer, a police officer named Spitzer had been interviewed about keeping the crowds together: It seems to be under control that the city hasn’t burned to the ground yet,” Spitzer said, despite the growing crowds. “I think they’re handling it pretty well.”

“After a while, you do have to relinquish the street, provided people are being peaceful,” he said. “You’re going to create more havoc trying to [stop them,] and you have to have somewhere for people to go.” On police scanners, it could be heard that the police chief had been telling officers to put on their helmets due to bottles being thrown.

The police chief had sent out a tweet and 9 p.m. that said, “Still going strong in the [Office of Emergency Management]. But, if everyone could go home that would be great,"

Another surprising component had been media’s hesitation to call it a riot. Headlines during and after the crowd had wreaked havoc on the Philly streets, headlines seemed very tame. USA Today’s headline read “Watch Eagles fans celebrate super bowl LII win with the epic party in Philadelphia.

Fox News said, “Super Bowl celebration in Philadelphia turns rowdy after Eagles win a championship. CNN tried their best to highlight the bad parts by saying “Super Bowl celebration in In Super Bowl - happy Philly, party goes on amid reports of scattered vandalism, looting."

BBC was one of the few networks to call the incident a riot in their headline: "Super Bowl: Looting and rioting rock victorious Philadelphia, but even still it seems there’s no consequence in the headline."

Even the Blaze had been brave enough to include rioting in their headline, saying, “BLM Leader says officials’ response to Philly riots is ‘glaring example of white privilege."

While clearly, the headline is bate to promote a strong reaction from its predominantly white readership, they still went as far as to call the incident for what it is. Of course, our strangely woke teen reader, Teen Vogue had been one of the few news outlets to issue a very pointed headline: “Super Bowl LII Destruction in Philadelphia was a white riot.” Which is true not because of those who had partaken in the riot but what the riot was for.

There have been many riots in history but riots are mostly known for their response to oppression from a group of people, e.g. the Stonewall riots with laid the pathway to the LGBT rights we see today and the Haymarket riots that led to fair hours and pay among the working class.

In the last twenty years, we have seen riots as a response to police brutality towards the black community beginning with the Rodney King riots in the 90s all the way to the Baltimore riots in response to the death of Freddie Gray.

However, these riots are viewed very differently by the media and authorities than riots as a result of sports wins and losses.

If we take a look at the Baltimore Riot in 2015, the police response was much more severe and in response to what they supposed would happen. While the riot had been longer and wider, the riot led to almost 500 arrests over the five days of the riot, Maryland had called a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard and curfew had been enacted.

While yes this riot had been longer and there had been a grander scale of damage but if you take this riot and put it to scale with a day-long riot, there’s clearly an imbalance. There was an excessive amount of public property damage and looting in the Baltimore Riot, but considering that the amount of damage had been from one night, it is excessive considering the that the Baltimore Riot had been a response to police brutality and oppression as a community while Philly had been a response to finally winning a sports game.

Some people on social media defended the idea of rioting after a sports game because they view the post-game riots as tradition.

While it’s true there has been a rich history of riots after major sporting events, such as the riot in San Francisco in 2014 over the World Series Giants win and the 1990 Detroit riot after the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championships. And of course, how can we forget the riots in Chicago that occurred in 1992 that lead to 200 civilians injured and over 1,000 arrests.

But not every major sports teams' win results in a riot. To use Chicago as another example, when Chicago won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, using the logic above, the city should have been in flames. But it wasn’t. The most that happened had been drunken stupidity and fans crowding in Wrigleyville causing traffic jams. No looting, no car tipping, no bottles at police officers.

Here lies the double standard. As we can see from the above headlines, the media seems mostly accepting of the “celebration” as they call it and most wouldn’t call it a riot right away or at all. It was a rowdy celebration gone too far. In the case of authorities take on the situation, they seemed a lot more laid back and accepting events that went on, waiting for the crowd to eventually go home.

Earlier this year, it seemed the NFL had been in the spotlight due to the controversial protest of Colin Kaepernick who took a knee during the national anthem in protest to police brutality, nearly ending his career. Media had been outraged, calling for him to be fired. Even our President called Colin Kaepernick a “son of a B****” in response to his peaceful protest.

Now, the media is accepting rioting as an appropriate and even hilarious response to winning a Superbowl.

Earlier, I mentioned a headline about a thing that a Black Lives Matter Leader said and he said this: Somehow, it seems there's a line drawn in the sand where the destruction of property because of a sports victory is OK and acceptable in America. However, if you have people who are fighting for their most basic human right, the right to live, they will be condemned”

Black Lives Matter New York President, Hawk Newsome, said in an interview with Newsweek. Newsome added that the lack of condemnation of the incident by authority “a glaring example of white privilege."

"You can riot if you're white and your team wins, but if you're black and being killed, you can't speak out,"

On Twitter Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. tweeted a response to Sports AP headline which read “Philadelphia is cleaning up after its late-night street celebrations, where some overzealous fans smashed windows, climbed traffic lights and trashed convenient stores.”

“Privileged language. Imagine the response if this were happening in response to racially motivated police brutality and deemed led by #BlackLivesMatter.”

In an earlier tweet, she noted that it had been Trayvon Martin’s birthday on the day of the Philadelphia riots. Trayvon had been fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012 because Zimmerman thought he had been trespassing in the neighborhood. King said, “As football fans riot, I am reminded that, in response to the unjust deaths of young Black men like Trayvon Martin (who would have been 23 today), rioting is considered an affront to humanity. Not endorsing violence. Endorsing honest examination of WHY & eradication of racism.”
Cover Image Credit: @phillyexplorer

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The Stanley Cup is upon us and there are a few things you should know if you're tuning in for the first time.

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April is such a crazy time this year in the entertainment arena. With "March Madness" coming to a close, the Stanly Cup Playoffs beginning April 9th, "Game of Thrones" premiering its final season on Sunday, April 14th and "Avengers: End Game" premiering Friday, April 26, things are going to be insane all month long.

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1. What even is hockey, anyways?

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Hockey is a sport that is played against two teams on the ice. The players wear skates, use ice hockey sticks and play with a rubber disc called a puck. The objective of the game is to score on the opponent's goal. The game itself can be very fast paced, physical and it's very popular in the United States, Canada, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.

2. Why do people care about the NHL?

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It is widely thought that the NHL (in North America) is the most admired hockey league in the world. As of right now, there are currently 31 teams in the NHL both from the U.S. and Canada.

3. What is the Stanley Cup?

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The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston who was the 1892 Governor General of Canada. The shiny silver cup was purchased by him in London and he then donated it to award the top amateur hockey club located in Canada. The first winner of the Stanley Cup in 1893, was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (or MAAA). The cup has an escort (currently Philip Pritchard), who always accompanies it. The poor cup has seen its fair share of horror, including being urinated in by the New York Rangers.

4. So how do the Stanley Cup Playoffs work?

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Well, the Stanley Cup Playoffs usually begin the first few weeks of April and can go into the first week of June (depending on how fast each team makes it thru the four rounds of best-of-seven series.) There are eight teams from each of the two conferences and are in the tournament depending on how well they did during the regular season. Whoever wins the cup gets the claim to the trophy for the year.

5. What happens if a team wins?

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It's a really big deal to win the Stanley Cup. Basically, it's just a ton of bragging rights and being able to say that your team worked really hard to get there. Imagine working so hard to get that big promotion at work and you get it. It's a wonderful feeling but if you don't get it, well there can be some tears (and let me tell you it can be very sad watching hockey players cry.)

6. Who were last year's Stanley Cup winners?

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The defending champs, the Washington Capitals, are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. Winning for the first time in franchise history, the Capitals hope to make a Stanley Cup Final appearance and win again. Since I was six years old, I have been the biggest Capitals fan so being able to be in Washington D.C. and watch them win was one of the best moments in my life (I am hoping for a repeat... but this year there are some really awesome teams.)

7. Who is predicted to win?

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Coming in hot with the most wins for the regular season and the team I have been calling to win since their loss to the Washinton Capitals during the third round of the playoffs last year, the Tampa Bay Lightning led by Steven Stamkos are the big favorites to win this year. Both the Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights are close contenders. I'm calling it now, though. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.

8. Are there any underdogs?

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Out of all the teams (besides the Washington Capitals of course), I was really hoping to see the Carolina Hurricanes go to the playoffs. This team, who have become famous this year for their post-game celebrations, have really stepped it up. The last time this team made a playoff run was in 2009. It's really great to see a team who isn't normally in the playoffs competing. Although I can't wish them luck as they are playing against the Capitals in the first round, I hope to see them play next year.

9. So who should I talk about to make it sound like I actually watch hockey?

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Whenever I talk about hockey, people seem to like to quiz me on players to see if I really know hockey. A few players you should mention to people if they bring the Stanley Cup are as follows. Right Winger on the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nikita Kucherov, is on fire this season with 87 assists. I hate to be basic but Alex Ovechkin and the reason for him is that he is sitting at 51 goals, making this his eighth season to obtain 50+ goals a season.

Brad Marchand is a huge fighter, but the Boston Bruins would be lost without him. If you really want to piss a New York Islanders fan off, you just need to mention John Tavares name. Lastly, Brent Burns is one of the best defensemen and plays for the San Jose Sharks. He's got some pretty great locks of hair and a big toothy smile but he can play hockey like no other. Of course, there are so many other talented great players this playoff run, but these are just a few you could mention.

10.  I heard there are a lot of fights in hockey ... do you think I'll see one?

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Yes, fights happen in hockey all the time but especially during the playoffs. Tensions are high, but so are penalties. Tensions are especially high when a team is playing game four and if they don't win they are done. I have seen some pretty nasty fights break out during the playoffs and it's not pretty especially when it involves fans. Be prepared to see some fights break out and would not be surprised to see if Tom Wilson gets suspended again as he does every year (for no good reason) during the playoffs.

11. Why does the Stanley Cup Playoffs affect me?

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are way more fun than a lot of other sports playoffs in my opinion. I saw this first-hand when the Washington Capitals won and how the whole city of D.C., Virginia, and Maryland came together (yes we see you bandwagon fans). It's a sport that's fast, exciting and brings people together.

May the best team win.

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