Before Kaepernick Took a Knee: Ferguson’s NFL Protests

Chuck Modiano
Feb 13, 2019 - 3:40
Before Kaepernick Took a Knee: Ferguson's NFL Protests

On November 30, 2014, an estimated fifty protesters chanted “We are Mike Brown!” outside the St. Louis Edward Jones Dome stadium. It was the fourth Rams game protest of the 2014 season. Tanks, military personnel, and police in riot gear surrounded the protesters, and soon made multiple aggressive arrests. The Rams protest capped off a week of store “shut downs,” including five malls in the St. Louis area on Black Friday after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. At the outset of the protest, a photo made its way around to protesters’ cell phones; you could hear a few expressions of “Look what we did!” The instantly famous photo was of the Rams players Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook, and...

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