The St. Louis Rams merit high praise and not criticism for some members of the NFL team during introductions raising their arms showing support for ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo.
The protests, including some that have resulted in violence and arrests, have been over the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Wilson resigned from the force over the weekend after a state grand jury last week declined to file charges against him in the shooting of the black teen in the St. Louis suburb.
Some of the protests after the shooting were violent with looting and arrests. Then after the grand jury decision, more violence with more looting and arrests occurred. Protests have occurred in cities all over the United States, including Kansas City, New York, Oakland, Calif., and Seattle, in solidarity with the theme that black lives should matter as much as any in this country.
People at rallies and marches have used the slogan, “hands up, don’t shoot” to symbolize some accounts of Brown’s action after a scuffle with Wilson. Members of the Rams were borrowing from that in their gesture on Sunday.
It’s good to see professional athletes make such a statement in front of a huge audience. It obviously didn’t hurt the Rams’ performance.
They trounced the Oakland Raiders on Sunday 52-0.