If there is a Broncos game on TV I watch it with my
husband. I knew nothing of football when we first started dating but he invited
me over to watch a game, so like a good little librarian, I started doing my
research. I printed myself up some flashcards, learned the rules and dropped
into the teen button-making program to make some sporty buttons. In our wedding
vows I promised to be a Broncos fan in sickness and in health (our wedding was
the week after last year's horrible Superbowl) and I think my husband
appreciated the show of loyalty.
With the past year's scandals—particularly the
Ray Rice incident—I've been thinking more about football and our culture of
violence. The recent decision of the grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson has
been all over the news and social media and has launched protests nationwide.
Yesterday five players from the St. Louis Rams came out before the game against
the Raiders with their hands up as a gesture of solidarity for Ferguson
If the Rams throwing their hands up sparked even a few open honest conversation about race, then I think it was a winning play
I saw the story in my Facebook feed today and my initial reaction was, Go
Rams! I was personally upset by the grand jury's decision to not indict and saw
it as just another injustice in a country riddled with racism and police brutality. I'm sure the backlash will be strong and the St. Louis Police Officers
Association has already issued a statement demanding an apology and wants the
players involved to be disciplined.
While the NFL has been dropping the
ball a lot lately, I, for one, was heartened to see this display of social
consciousness from their players. I sincerely hope they do the right
thing here and do not discipline these players. Their actions weren't an attack
on the St. Louis Police Department, they were simply letting the world know
they stand with the citizens of Ferguson and support them in a time of terrible
I can't say this enough—a young man died violently and was left in the
street for four hours.
We should all be throwing our hands up.
This is not the
world we want to be raising our children in. We need to make our country a
better and safer place for all people to live. Americans love football, and if
the Rams throwing their hands up sparked even a few open honest conversation
about race, then I think it was a winning play and fans of the NFL should
support them all the way.