After some players of the St. Louis Rams protested before their game on Sunday, many people including the St. Louis Police department were extremely upset and disappointed in the organization. Rams tight end Jared Cook had some thoughts following everybody’s reaction to their “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” gesture. No regrets seemed to be the general message he was trying to send.
Per ESPN, Cook said, “Hands up, don’t shoot’ is not just a Ferguson thing. It’s a worldwide thing. People are doing it in New York, people are doing it in Florida, people are doing it on the West Coast. It’s not just about Ferguson. It’s a message worldwide that for young adults that you can protest and you can do things peacefully without getting out of line.”
Cook continued to say, “We really didn’t think it was going to be as big as it’s being portrayed. It’s something that we wanted to do for the people in Ferguson and around the world that are protesting peacefully and doing things in the community right to help bring Ferguson back and the communities around the world to help raise awareness and help build their communities up.”
Cook and his teammates were basically just trying to get a message across, and it was that things need to change. They didn’t do this through some violent protest, but instead in a silent manner on a national platform for everyone to see. I think in the end, everyone just wants to see some sort of change in our society, and that is really what we need to strive towards together.