St. Louis Rams’ Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt put their hands up to show support for Michael Brown before a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome.



Tavon Austin #11, Jared Cook #89, Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams pay homage to Mike Brown


Professional sport, as we know, is generally an amoral cesspit (eg see Ray Rice’s reinstatement) jammed with self-absorbed, overpaid twats who couldn’t give a crap about anything outside their own ludicrous worlds or anything that doesn’t feed their egos.

But then, occasionally, we get gestures like today’s from those Rams players, and from the Miami Heat back in 2012. And they’re powerful, not least to the kids for whom these guys are idols.

And their idols honored Michael Brown and protested against what was done to him. That matters. That’s good.


In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James’ Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies.




Not remotely comparing the Rams and Miami Heat players to Tommie Smith and John Carlos, universes and life experiences apart – but, the gesture …

“The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States…..”


“1968: American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists and give the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States.

Smith, the gold medal winner, and Carlos, the bronze medal winner, were subsequently suspended from their team for their actions.”


St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt puts his hands up to show support for Michael Brown.


“The move was a symbolic protest against racism in the United States…..”

The more things change, the more they stay the same?

123 Responses to “Solidarity”

  1. November 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Evening folks. Bless them for their support.

    • 2 COS
      November 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Good evening Chips and TOD.

    • November 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Afternoon/evening everyone. Still sunny and cold here. Official one year ago today I moved the last boxes of books into this apartment. It has been the fastest, longest year of my life. That I can remember. ❀

      • 4 theo67
        November 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        I know exactly what you mean, MightyPamela. I can’t believe it’s already December, but it seems to have taken forever to get here…

        • 5 MightyPamela
          November 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

          Perhaps it is because in Truth we are Children of Light, and in our deepest Soul Being, ‘time’ is meaningless and irrelevant.

      • 6 99ts
        November 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

        Hi MP – sunny and hot here! Saw your response from some hours ago – things are slowly getting better here – even the media is not so sure about the RWNJs in power

        I hope you have many good things in your new life style – we have hardly started on the prep to move – supposed to be sold and gone by next September.

        • November 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

          Oh, 99ts, do start now. Set some small daily goals, take a load out or have charity pick up things once a week. I had only 6 weeks, after 25 years in residence, and was just coming off a disability. A year later, I hardly recognize myself. My doctor agrees I have aged 20 years in the past 20 months. Now, that’s not ao good! Don’t end up like me! ❀

          • 8 99ts
            December 1, 2014 at 2:35 am

            {{{{Pamela}}}} – that must have been not a good 20 months – Neither of us are too healthy – we are doing small things all the time – but will probably end up paying for help with the downsizing. We’ve been here for 32 years – most of the “stuff” belongs to Mr 99 – he is a bower bird.

      • 9 HZ
        November 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

        Good Afternoon/Evening MightyPamela and TOD family. It is drizzling here on west coast. Nice and quiet overcast Sunday afternoon to take in some grateful time for me. And I am so grateful that you MightyPamela have your new place to continue to pour into your lovely space grateful gems of joy, peace, and beauty.

        I have a bookmarker that reads: “A room without books is a body without soul..” A wonderful student gifted me with that bookmarker during my performing arts classes while reading to them the background behind the famous Alvin Ailey’s creation of his work,”Revelations.” My students knew that I loved to read,so during the first 12 min. of each class, I read to them from one of my books about the composer of the music, the history of the , choreography or choreographer of the work.

        So my beautiful MightyPamela, enjoy your anniversary of your new move and your new apartment that is fill with your wonderful collection of great books. I can just see you with your tea, lovely candles and surrounded by your great books. I am so grateful that you found a lovely place to enjoy, relax, and fill your moments with these joys of life. Isn’t it great. I love it as well. Happy Anniversary to your move, MightyPamela. Enjoy every book in your library there. HZ .

        • November 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

          Thank you, dearest HZ! indeed, for all I stated to 99ts, I am very grateful to be here, and tonight marvel at what the year has brought. Physically, I am not the woman I have always been and the God given strength I’ve always known is diminished. But spiritually, I seem to now dwell on a level I have prayed to reach, and it is beautful beyond words! Cups of tea, books, art, TOD, and unending pain, but a glass of wine can soothe and calm. As you know too well. I restate, we are all Children of Light, we are all fragments of the One Soul, and when we reverberate as such, mortal, earthly vessel can hold us! Be Love. And let it stream out in all directions in a never-ending river of Light! ❀

    • November 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Congrats vetivera πŸ™‚

      Chips – thank you for connecting the historical dots and highlighting the fact that we have much work to do if we are ever going to emerge as a truly free, just and non-hypocritical society and Nation.

  2. 12 Jeff
    November 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve gone on the message boards about Michael Brown and am sickened by all the right winged racist assholes that post on those places. It’s made me so angry that I’ve had to force myself to avoid those places. 😦

    • 13 globalcitizenlinda
      November 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      if you can, please try to avoid these message boards;

      there are a lot of very troubled people who spew hate a such a fast rate, it is amazing they don’t chock on it;

      try to promote the messages of those who promote socio-economic and racial justice so that their voices can be amplified

  3. 14 a4alice
    November 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    GE TOD. Thought provoking collection of tweets Chips. And Nerdy I forgot to say thanks for your last post. Just excellent.

  4. 17 desertflower
    November 30, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Reposting this. Take an hour and watch this documentary.

  5. 20 GGail
    November 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    “self-absorbed, overpaid twats”
    My dear Chips, only you with your gift with words and talent as a blog-mistress can bring me to laughter and tears in just one single Post.

    Thank you! <3, this is beautiful

  6. November 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    For the Chicago folks…

    remember, the WINTER PARKING BAN goes into effect at 3 am.

    move the car!!

    don’t let Rahm get any of your money for towing fees!

    • 33 99ts
      November 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      What is a winter parking ban?

      • 34 GGail
        November 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

        99ts, if I remember correctly, it bans cars/vehicles from being parked on the streets that will impede the snow removal trucks from clearing the streets.

        • 35 99ts
          November 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

          Thanks ggail – fortunately we don’t do snow – we do have the odd rule about parking related to the gutters being washed/cleaned but since the big drought and concerns re water I don’t think that happens anymore

          Must be hard for folks who don’t have off street parking. Reminds me of Leiden in Holland – no-one had off street parking and it cost 7 euros per day to park a car (probably more than double that now). Most folks rode bikes.

          • 36 GGail
            November 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

            It’s even harder if one of two things happens…1) they snow plow your car – front, back & sides and you can’t get it out. 2) if it gets towed.

      • November 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        On certain streets, you can’t park from December 1 – April 1, 3 am – 7 am.

        If your car is on those streets, it will get towed.

  7. November 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm


  8. 40 Nerdy Wonka
    November 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Fantastic post, Chiparoo.


  9. 42 donna dem 4 obama
    November 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Awesome post Chips. With so much negativity being highlighted in the NFL this year this is a truly inspiring gesture by these STL Rams. This show of solidarity for the plight of the ongoing struggle for people of color in this country is so very important.

    • 43 GGail
      November 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Donna, I read that you had a fantastic family gathering for the holiday. Did I miss the pics of the twins????

      • 44 donna dem 4 obama
        November 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

        Hi GG, it was a wonderful TG celebration and those babies went from arm to arm and I didn’t get a single picture. I was too busy hosting. πŸ™‚ Their 1st birthday party is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ll have lots of pics for you all.

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I choked up when I saw it Donna, just lovely. Thank you.

    • 47 Vicki
      November 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Agree, Donna.
      The Rams image will live along with the 1968 Olympics protest. Someday soon I hope all the inspiring moments will coagulate into vast and lasting change.

      Thanks Chips for this inspiring post.

  10. 48 Nerdy Wonka
    November 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Why I continue to love Chris Rock is that he never shies away from truths – hard and as uncomfortable for certain people as they may be – in his comedy or in this case, in sit down interviews.

    I love his – “I don’t give a damn. Racism is real and I will hold up a mirror white society, and let you see the active part you play in it – attitude.

    Great interview to watch.

    • 49 GGail
      November 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      NW, I’m on my Mac laptop and was able to view the link on a larger screen than my phone. Thank you – I too LOVE and respect Chris Rock for his honesty and his comedy. He truly cracks me up and makes me say “Right On Chris”!

      This is must see for everyone

    • November 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      Chris Rock doesn’t mince words when it comes to telling the hard truths about race and racism in this country. I applaud him for his courage on that matter.

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      November 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      I saw his interview earlier, and agree with every word you wrote!

  11. 52 Nerdy Wonka
    November 30, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  12. November 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  13. November 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Just looked through today’s posts. Powerful, powerful. I was in high school when desegregation was going on. In college when the rioting was going on. My heart and mind are full of what is happening now. I saw the KKK march in my home town when I was in grade school. My mother saw them march in the same town when she was a girl. I will say that I see so much that is hopeful coming up in discussions and actions now. I see police departments that will have body cameras. I see a huge dialog on race happening. I live in a red state with red state relatives. I heard that crap growing up. I stopped speaking to those members of my family about a year and half ago. I saw Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweet that a police officer killing a black person used to be local news. Now it’s not. Now the whole world sees and it can’t be swept under the rug. I don’t know if the red staters could ever have their minds changed. I really don’t. But one thing we can do is keep them from being in charge. Kick them out of office and get people in at every level that will repeal Stand Your Ground, pass gun control and stop funneling taxpayer money and power to them. Right now there are people working toward solutions like implementing body cameras on police and making sure they are on. I saw Nancy Grace hammer the prosecution and grand jury process in Ferguson. She has a LOT of ears when she speaks. An old wound is letting out a new level of hurt to be healed. In the meantime I have to turn to hope. That we can all do whatever we can to be on the side of justice and creating the kind of world we want to live in.

    • 59 jackiegrumbacher
      November 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Well said, TME. This is a much appreciated perspective. We all have to turn to hope because the alternative is not acceptable.

  14. November 30, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I didn’t read Elizabeth Lauter’s original statement and don’t want to, but from comments it seemed she was talking about the length of Sasha and Malia’s dresses. Lauter came across as jealous to me. It does happen rarely, but it does happen that media makes a comment about a President’s children. They get deservedly slapped down for it and she sure got some needed feedback. The other thing is that she’s making a comment about fashion and I would think their skirt length is probably pretty conservative by today’s teen standards. The Obama girls are wonderful, balanced, strong and lovely and nothing can change that or take away from it.

    • 61 99ts
      November 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      She was using the girls to hate on the President and FLOTUS – backfired like she still can’t believe – and someone her age needing advice from her parents to realise how stupid and racist she is – unbelievable. I doubt it had anything to do with fashion.

  15. November 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I didn’t see this in the comments today. A really nice piece about Pres Obama and Sec Vilsack. I liked the information highlighting Vilsack’s contribution to the administration because of his knowledge of rural agriculture. I grew in in that environment and it is a very different culture as well as knowledge base. And one that is in change right now as so many things are. Going from small farms to big agribusiness. Small farmers finding other ways like co-ops to keep farming. I’ll have to look into Sec Vilsack and his work a bit more.

  16. November 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    For all the TODers who misbehaved at Thanksgiving and the day after – this will be your dinner for every day this week. Enjoy!

  17. November 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  18. 82 africa
    November 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Wow. This one choked me up. Thanks. Chips!!

  19. November 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    This picture intrigued me. I wonder if the eagle had been in the snow or if it was the heat of his body steaming in the cold air. Wild thing, you make my heart sing!

    • November 30, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Oh wow TME, what a magnificent photo – and creature!

    • 86 arapaho415
      November 30, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      When I was in Alaska, 15 years ago, the place was teeming with bald eagles. They were atop many a lamp post.

      There’s a Bald Eagle sanctuary outside of Haines, AK, and IIRC the best viewing time was the Fall.

  20. 87 africa
    November 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

  21. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    November 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Speaking of Chris Rock, one of the BEST Oscars host.

    The analogy he used in tearing GWB apart is spectacular.

    The man and his comedy are delightfully fearless.

    • 90 GGail
      November 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      NW, I just laughed again as hard as I did the first time I saw this! Thanks. Chris told the truth πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  22. November 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  23. November 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I wonder how the St. Louis Rams football fans reacted to the players walking out with their hands held up?

  24. 94 globalcitizenlinda
    November 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  25. November 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Evening folks.

    I’m more or less home. Missus is very homesick, but she’s not leaving Indiana until her dad can do for himself.

    As I just told GGail, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I still don’t feel quite up to snuff, even after the course of antibiotics.

    Hope everyone had a good holiday. Will catch up tomorrow. Night everyone.

  26. November 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Ok, so how soon before Goodell fines the Rams players for their protest?

  27. November 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    • 103 jackiegrumbacher
      November 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      This is good news, Pf. I wish that people across the country would give up their need for fast food on this day. It would send such a resounding message.

  28. 104 vcprezofan2
    November 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    ICYMTA(nnouncement) – upcoming

  29. November 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Oil down $1.37 to $64.78 a barrel. (That will shift a bit almost immediately.)

    It was really plummeting at the beginning of the trading day, but recovered slightly. Still, many more of these days of “mere” dollar-plus losses and oil will be incredibly cheap — especially if your company or national budget depends on it.

    • November 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      West Texas Intermediate (standard price for U.S. oil) dropped $7.70 on Friday after OPEC’s non-action announcement. Which may have been OPEC’s best move from a price-support standpoint. If they have moved into a new world of limitless, bio-digester-derived natural gas and $25-a-barrel GTL oil, then playing the confidence game and giving analysts something else to blame for plummeting prices may look like their only workable strategy. So… “Price War!”

      Whatever works, I suppose.

    • November 30, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      The Chinese are freaking elated!!

  30. 110 laraofzhivago
    November 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Good Evening TODVille,

    Trying to catch up all the news from TODVille. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a restful weekend.

    Just happened to see this. Does anyone know more about it?

    Man Beaten to Death With Hammers in St. Louis, Police Say

    A man was beaten to death with hammers by a group of juveniles early Sunday morning on a St. Louis street, police said. Officers found Zemir Begic, 32, unconscious at approximately 1:15 a.m. ET, according to St. Louis Metro Police.

    Begic had been traveling in his car early Sunday when several minors approached on foot and began damaging it. Begic got out of the car β€” and that’s when the juveniles began to yell and attack him with hammers, according to police.

    The victim suffered injuries injuries to his head, abdomen, face, and mouth. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

    The two teenagers involved in the attack β€” a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old male β€” were in custody Sunday evening. Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the gruesome attack, said Leah Freeman, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

    Authorities said they do not believe the attack was related to the recent unrest surrounding a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Freeman said.

    • November 30, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      There’s something about this story as reported that I don’t quite trust. Remember this is the same police department that is calling for the RAMS to publicly apologize for their show of support for Ferguson.

      But taking the story at face value, where were the cops when this gruesome beating was taking place? Funny they have all the details of how the juveniles approached him, and then he got out of his car. But then cops “found him unconscious?”

      Whoever saw this and reported all the details – was it an eye witness? Did they make a 911 call as the beating was happening? How did the cops come to learn of all these details?

      • 112 99ts
        December 1, 2014 at 2:43 am

        I’m with you hf – NOTHING the St Louis police have to say can be trusted – absolutely nothing. What has it got to do with them what the rams do/do not support. They should do their job without fear or favor and give up on supporting those who shoot to kill and then ask questions.

  31. 113 Dudette
    November 30, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  32. November 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    • November 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    • 116 jackiegrumbacher
      November 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Honestly, Pf, there’s so much racism packed into that statement from the St. Louis Police Association that it reeks with it. I hope the NFL doesn’t bow to this kind of crap. Whoever wrote this statement seems to think that first amendment rights are a zero sum game and their rights are more important than the player’s. Arrogant twits.

    • 117 globalcitizenlinda
      November 30, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      what ????

      • November 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        What would have been the response of the police if white and black players had shown solidarity…it is time for white folks of good will…to join in…doing nothing is no longer acceptable….there is a major backlash going on against the very idea that blk folks are saying…i am not going to take it any more…AGAIN I Say…that this is the time for white folks to step up and stand shoulder to shoulder with blk folks in this fight against racism and police terror…

    • 119 99ts
      December 1, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Only way to describe these police a.holes

  33. 121 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  34. November 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you so much Chips for this magnificent post. For some of us oldies, we still remember the powerful symbolism of Tommy Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics, in Mexico City, in support of the Freedom Struggles going on in the U.S. I don’t particularly like the coach of STL Rams, but I am now a fan of the team. It so refreshing to see Athletes publicly demonstrate social consciousness.

  35. 123 Nena20409
    December 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Great Post Chips.
    Tears are still strolling down my checks. Nose drippings too. Thank you so very much.

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