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Standing with Struggle

I just read this article describing how five members of the St. Louis Rams football team walked on to the playing field today with their hands in the air, a gesture that now means, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” as a show of support for justice and the people of Ferguson, Missouri. The story of the tragic event in which Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer is read in different ways by different people. To me, the event was simply a flashpoint for the anger and hopelessness that are a natural result of our country’s institutionalized, systemic racism. Shirley Chisholm said: Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal. I see only glimpses of racism, so I attended the rally on November 25 in downtown Portland to be reminded of this truth.

Not knowing that he would become famous for the picture of the “hug felt around the world,” I took this picture of Devonte Hart:IMG_0818

There were thousands of people there.IMG_0879

Many of them had great signs:IMG_0812 IMG_0888 IMG_0819 IMG_0824 IMG_0891

This one was on the back of a bicycle:IMG_0864

These two young women were being interviewed by the media:IMG_0815

Portland stands with Ferguson:
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These two women seemed a bit tired but still ready with the message:IMG_0880

This woman said it with her face. Standing on the side of justice:IMG_0861Sorry, Green Bay Packers. I still like you, but the St. Louis Rams are my new favorite team.

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2 responses to “Standing with Struggle

  1. You’re so awesome for attending that rally! Thanks for sharing, Lynn!!

    I grew up in Milwaukee, so I’m a lifelong Packers fan. 🙂 But I went to grad school in St Louis, coincidentally enough!

    And that Portland-based “hug felt around the world” is so wonderful! Way to go, Devonte Hart!!!!

  2. Yes, well done, Devonte Hart. Thanks, pdxfan!

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