Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Protesters Make Presence Known On Monday Night Football


Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Protesters Make Presence Known On Monday Night Football

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Monday Night Football this week took place in St. Louis and featured the hometown Rams against the San Francisco 49ers. The game also happened to take place during the final scheduled day of Ferguson October, a self-described Weekend of Resistance. The weekend provided a number of organized protests, panel discussion, speeches and other events, all revolving around the subjects of police violence and racial disparity. Monday, however, featured a number of flash mob-style actions across the St. Louis area where protesters showed up at different locations to make their presence known.

During the game, a number of fans in the upper deck displayed a series of large banners that read ‘Rams Fans Know Black Lives Matter On And Off The Field.’

 

Another banner reading ‘Black Lives Matter’ made it on television briefly as the demonstrators were able to get it to hang along a JumboTron.

 

Rams management and stadium security figured there would be some kind of demonstration but weren’t sure what it would be and when it would happen. They possibly thought it would be limited to the outside of the stadium, much like the recent protests at St. Louis Cardinals games. In this instance, protesters didn’t disrupt the game but were able to get their message across to the fans at the game and those watching on television.

This was one of a series of actions that took place on Monday. Protesters showed up at three different Walmarts in an effort to shut them down temporarily. Protesters also appeared at a shopping mall, a political fundraiser and St. Louis’ City Hall. This was after the day started with a large protest at the Ferguson police department which led to the arrest of at least a dozen demonstrators, including Cornel West.

Protests have been ongoing since the August 9th shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The unarmed Brown was shot six times by Wilson. The officer remains a free man as he is on paid administrative leave as he awaits his fate from a St. Louis County grand jury. Additional protests have also taken place in St. Louis following a somewhat similar shooting death of another black teenager at the hands of a white police officer.

One Response to "Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Protesters Make Presence Known On Monday Night Football"

  1. Carol Duke   Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Black kids and young men are not thugs. They are human beings and should be recognized as such. By labeling them as thugs you devalue them as human beings. They bleed red just like you.