Thousands Take to Chicago Streets for Blackhawks Celebration

11402487_1016684158344117_1757265613612599360_oJust hours ago, thousands took to the streets of Chicago for the aftermath of the Stanley Cup Championship.  Shortly after the game had ended, the stadiums of people flooded the streets and bars in search of celebration. The Chicago Blackhawks won the cup, once again. It should also be noted that a tornado warning had been issued for the Chicago-land area at that time.

As the night progressed and more alcohol was consumed, things became increasingly more unruly. There were reports of fights breaking out at the nearby McDonald’s, reports of domestic abuse and even a report of glass bottles being thrown at officers.

Let’s look at a few examples in which things of this nature have already taken place, but were not considered a “riot.”

  • In 1998, the Denver Bronco’s won the Super Bowl. Fans took to the streets; flipping cars, lighting fires and fighting. It was later blamed on “drunk people”.
  • In 2004, A woman was killed by an accidental projectile fired by police after a Red Sox game. The “rioting” was attributed to criminal mischief.
  • In 2014, A pumpkin festival gone wrong results in overturned vehicles, multiple fires set and bottles being thrown at officers. Incidentally, not a single person was tasered.

You may remember the pumpkin festival being covered by mainstream media, while the peaceful protests happening in Ferguson, MO were ignored.

10996378_10153480210921162_9109219302580897439_nWhy is it that thousands of people are voluntarily able to come together as a single entity for a sports game; even going to the extent of destruction, but are unable to unify on important social issues?

It is hard to imagine that this country’s forefathers would have been more concerned with a game, rather than the freedoms and liberties of the American People. It is extremely doubtful that there were ever any reports on Samuel Adams having his hairy chest painted with the colors of his favorite sports team.

It isn’t surprising that with the amount of effort and money put into sporting events, that there is such an emphasis put on them. Every day, people are bombarded with advertisements and merchandise on their way to work, while they shop, and on their TV sets and smartphones. Professional athletes are paid millions of dollars every year to play games, while our nation’s teachers are paid barely enough to get by. People will pay thousands of dollars to attend a professional sporting event, but won’t attend a protest regarding an unarmed man killed and left for dead by Police. 11537628_1016684155010784_128867006195713419_o

It is unquestionable that human beings need recreation and pleasure. Entertainment is a way for us to escape our busy lives. A quote from the book Bread and Circuses reminds us, “The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease”.

“Plays, farces, spectacles, gladiators, strange beasts, medals, pictures, and other such opiates, these were for ancient peoples the bait toward slavery, the price of their liberty, the instruments of tyranny. By these practices and enticements the ancient dictators so successfully lulled their subjects under the yoke, that the stupefied peoples, fascinated by the pastimes and vain pleasures flashed before their eyes, learned subservience as naively, but not so creditably, as little children learn to read by looking at bright picture books. Tyrants would distribute largess, a bushel of wheat, a gallon of wine, and a sesterce: and then everybody would shamelessly cry, ‘Long live the King!’ The fools did not realize that they were merely recovering a portion of their own property, and that their ruler could not have given them what they were receiving without having first taken it from them.” – Etienne de La Boétie (1548)



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Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott is a journalist and police brutality/accountability activist in the Northern Illinois area. Ryan is the founder of DeKalb County Cop Watch, Illinois Against Checkpoints, and also known for several viral videos involving police activism.

  • Common Sense

    And your point is what? People care more about sports than police misconduct. Yeah, probably.

    Or is it sports players are paid too much (private) and school teachers too little (public). Sounds like you are creating class warfare. Don’t like the Hawks, don’t go to their games or by their merchandise. You want teachers paid more, then vote “yes” when that next school mileage comes around or find one and toss them a C-note and say thanks.

  • JC

    You have thousands of fans out in the streets getting drunk and celebrating. Problems will arise.

  • t

    Well said.

    But he misses it more likely wats to lie about a lot of things. Heck…his misrepresentation of the protests in Ferguson is one.
    Maybe he missed all of the looting, and burned out cars, and torched businesses, and officers being shot at and SHOT, the bricks and rocks and Molotov cocktails thrown at the police.

    Maybe his definition of
    “Peaceful” and definition of “Peaceful” are just vastly different.

  • RAD

    And are the police the solution to those problems, or were they want created the problem in the first place(by breaching the peace on the daily)?

  • t


    See…in the harsh reality that is the real world…there are incredibly violent people. And while everyone here claims to be a total badass….the reality is…they aren’t.
    And most people are terrified by the violence meted out in parts of this world.

    Very few people ever have “direct police contact” other than a auto crash or traffic direction. Some have more if they get stopped for speeding or some other traffic issue.

    And those people LOVE their cops. Because we keep YOU away from them and there families.

    This article is beyond naive.
    But yet…you bought it all.

  • $1704939

    God forbid this number of citizens assemble together for something important.