By Chris Hoenig
The St. Louis Cardinals are enjoying yet another banner season: They won the National League’s Central Division, dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers in their opening playoff series, and are now playing in their fourthstraight National League Championship Series.
Some might even call them the class of Major League Baseball.
St. Louis Cardinals fans, on the other hand, have demonstrated themselves to be anything but.
On Monday night, following the Cardinals’ 3-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, thousands of Cardinals fans poured out of Busch Stadium, where demonstrators were rallying outside in support of murdered Ferguson teen Michael Brown. What followed was nearly a half-hour of mocking and racist slurs from Cardinals fans.
Argus Streaming News captured more than 25 minutes of the demonstration and racist catcalls from the St. Louis faithful.
The racist remarks included a small, blonde white woman telling protesters, “We’re the ones who gave all y’all the freedoms that you have,” reminding the mostlyBlack protesters of the history of slavery, racism, oppression and inequality that really isn’t just history at all.
In addition to fans giving protesters the finger and one Cardinals backer putting “I Am Darren Wilson” over the player name on the back of his jersey, Deadspin documented some of the notable racist and obscene gestures:
- At the 0:22 mark, an older white man tells the protesters to get jobs, then looks right into the camera and says, “That’s right! If they’d be working, we wouldn’t have this problem!”
- About 1:30 in, the crowd starts a “Let’s go, Cardinals!” chant to drown out the protesters. Just over a minute later, the chant devolves into a “Let’s go, Darren!” chorus in support of Darren Wilson, the police officer who remains on paid leave while waiting to see if he’ll even be charged for Brown’s killing.
- Just over nine minutes into the video, one Cardinals fan makes sure that a protester knows that if he ever “saw him in the street,” he would “look at the ground.”
- At about the 15-minute mark, St. Louis fans begin a “U-S-A! U-S-A!” chant. That’s followed less than two minutes later by a female Cardinals fan chanting “Africa! Africa!” at the protesters.
- The “get a job” comments also return just after the 16:00 mark.
- Just over 17 minutes into the video, one Cardinals fan tells the protesters to remove their hats and pull up their pants.
Meanwhile, the local CBS station in St. Louis reported, that St. Louis County police are preparing for the possibility of riots if Wilson is not charged when a grand jury finishes hearing a mountain of evidence next month.
“I do believe if Darren Wilson is not indicted you will see a lot of carnage,” protester Tef Poe told Reuters. “There is a lot of explosive energy.”
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles hinted that protests could escalate elsewhere, telling Reuters that “the unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson.”
Despite the success that the Missouri Highway Patrol has had in defusing protests by marching with demonstrators and keeping military-armed officers away, the St. Louis County police—the department that dispatched the armored vehicles and pointed sniper rifles into crowds of unarmed protesters—said last week that it will take the lead in securing Ferguson from now on.