It's not a riot, it's a protest

White people don’t riot.

It seems a mob of angry Hasidim attacked a police station. According to NY1 and the Daily News, “[h]undreds of Borough Park residents rushed the 66th precinct station house chanting ‘No justice, no peace,’” “[t]wo garbage fires were set during the melee, which stretched for several blocks and closed numerous streets,” “[p]rotesters threw garbage and hundreds of residents blocked the street,” the crowd “set fire to old magazines, fruit boxes and other trash up and down the avenue,” there were “at least seven blazes,” and “[d]emonstrators smashed the windows of one police cruiser and torched another by throwing a gasoline-soaked rag into its backseat.”
Sounds like a riot to us, no? Well, actually no. It’s a…
• “Protest,” “melee.” — NY1
• “Protest.” — NYT
• “Protest,” “melee.” — NYDN
• “Protest.” — NYP
Ain’t it nice to live in such a tolerant town?

Depressing.

Well, there was a great comment on there by a guy named Menachem Wecker

Could this be the media not taking the idea of Jewish violence seriously? If there is violence (and car burning) and still it only gets called a ‘protest,’ maybe it is a perspective that men with sidecurls and black hats couldn’t riot even if they tried. Thoughts?

Two officers had minor injuries, cops said.

Don’t people get killed or seriously hospitalized in riots? The media has excuses for everything ;)

Riots have AK-47s and people being trampled. And rioters. A riot can’t be made up of protesters.

Yeah, riots happen over things like sporting events.

Jews are white people? Someone tell David Duke!

The single all-time best euphemism for rioting is “scuffled.” As in, “scuffled with police.”

I think it’s a British thing, as the British media have an awesome range of euphemisms, partly due to odd libel laws, partly due to general Britishness.

Another famous one is “tired and emotional.” Means “drunk.”

There are also lots of nice people in England who “help police with their enquiries.” After being beaten to the ground and detained at gunpoint in an airport, of course, without it actually being clear if an arrest was made.

Calling people gay is very ropey in England, because there is a string of high profile libel cases in this regard. These precedents suggest that one does not publish such a claim unless one has personally taken it up the karzey from the person in question and have colonoscopic evidence to prove it.

So, when someone wanted to say it of a certain conservative politician, known to be bisexual (Michael Portillo, who later came out about his gay youth), they came up with a super expression that says absolutely nothing, while making the true meaning completely unambiguous. Casually inserted in a sentence about something unrelated (paraphrased here):

“Mr. Portillo, whose considered vanity some men find disconcerting, said that…”

Horrible, and yet brilliant.

the crowd “set fire to old magazines, fruit boxes and other trash up and down the avenue,” there were “at least seven blazes,” and “[d]emonstrators smashed the windows of one police cruiser and torched another by throwing a gasoline-soaked rag into its backseat.”
Sounds like a riot to us, no?

Only one burned police car? And besides that, “seven blazes” worth of old magazines and fruit boxes? We’re throwing our hands into the air over this?

Have you or your blogger ever seen a riot, Jason? This is a serious question, because like your eveventy billion torture threads, this is bound to raise the question of just where the border between “protest” and “riot” lies. Which IMO is a few more burned police cruisers south of this example.

I’m with ya about those goddamned Jews, though. It’s time someone did something about them!

“A riot is an ungly thing… undt, I tink, that it is chust about time ve had vun.”

Uncle Larry- Dude, 1 broken police car window by Hispanics or blacks is totally getting called a riot, and it’s probably leading to a ridiculous anti-rioting law where someone getting arrested at a riot with a prior misdemeanor gets the death penalty.
Only one burned police car? Are you high? Protestors don’t burn anything they didn’t bring with them. No police officers suffer injuries breaking up a protest.