Dodgers: Dodger Stadium shines lights in honor of George Floyd

Dodger Stadium (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers participated in a peaceful display of unity for George Floyd.

There is still no baseball being played in Los Angeles, but Dodger Stadium was lit up in all of its beauty on Wednesday night in honor of George Floyd, a black man who was killed at the hands of white police officers in Minnesota.

The Los Angeles Dodgers joined families across the city in shining their lights for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in recognition of the time a police officer put his knee on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in Mr. Floyd’s death.

A NBC Los Angeles news helicopter started at Chavez Ravine and then toured the city to show people using cell phones, porch lights, and spotlights to participate in the powerful moment. The display started at 9 pm local time.

Protests continued for the ninth day and night on Wednesday, mostly without incident, as pressure builds to end curfews set to quell violence and looting that has marred mostly peaceful demonstrations throughout Los Angeles and the country.

The Dodgers have joined others in condemning racism.

The Dodgers are one of several professional sports teams to use their platform to condemn racism and social injustice. The team issued a statement invoking the symbolism of Jackie Robinson to promote unity and change.

Dave Roberts, the first African American manager in Dodgers history, had strong and emotional words to say this week in response to the conditions leading to George Floyd’s tragic death. Roberts pointed the finger at the country’s leaders for failing to listen to others, and took some blame, himself, for his generation failing to progress the civil rights movement from the sixties.

Former Dodger Yasiel Puig released a statement on Wednesday, the 7th anniversary of his MLB debut, speaking up on his experiences with race in America and asking for change.