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We Tested Whether Calling Protests "Riots" Is Even Fair?

"There was a riot...because of a sports team?"

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We asked people on the streets to determine whether an event was a sports riot or political protest based on statistics alone.

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  1. In Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2011, almost 100 arrests were made and about 150 injuries were reported as "one of the worst episodes of rioting Canada has seen in decades."

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    Incorrect
    Foreign Policy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Police Brutality
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sports
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Labor Movements
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You might be shocked to discover this all was caused by a hockey game. Only one person out of four got this right.

    You might be shocked to discover this all was caused by a hockey game. Only one person out of four got this right. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  1. The next question was about an incident in Detroit in 1984. Eighty injuries, one death, millions of dollars in property damage, and eight rapes were reported.

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    Correct
    Incorrect
    Foreign Policy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Police Brutality
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sports
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Labor Movements
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This was another riot due to a sports game.

    This was another riot due to a sports game. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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  1. In 2014 in New Hampshire, a riot caused property damage, dozens of arrests, and one person described it as "a rush. You're revolting from the cops."

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    Correct
    Incorrect
    Foreign Policy
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Police Brutality
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sports
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Partying
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Yep! People got a little too rowdy at Keene's 24th annual Pumpkin Festival.

    Yep! People got a little too rowdy at Keene's 24th annual Pumpkin Festival. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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