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Billy Joel Busch Stadium Concertgoers Ignore Protesters

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Protesters rally in downtown St. Louis as fans arrive for a Billy Joel concert at Busch Stadium on Thursday. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

By    |   Friday, 22 September 2017 07:42 AM

Billy Joel took to Busch Stadium in St. Louis despite hundreds of protestors marching in the streets outside the venue on Thursday evening.

Last week U2 and Ed Sheeran fans were disappointed when both concerts at the stadium were cancelled after protests broke out across the city in response to the acquittal of white former St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, charged of murder for the 2011 killing of a black drug suspect.

However, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that Joel’s concert went without a hitch on Thursday.

The few hundred strong crowd gathered two blocks away from the stadium and peacefully made their way south, regrouping at the stadium under the close watch of police.

According to the Post-Dispatch, protestors moved away from the venue once the concert kicked off, heading towards Kiener Plaza where their chants, that included “out of the county and into the streets,” and “white silence is violence,” could be heard.

Reporting from the scene KSDK noted that most of the participants were white, which was no coincidence.

The march was developed around the concept of “white allies”, with event organizers sending a message out to black protestors that they were not alone in the struggle for justice.

KSDK added that there were no known injuries or arrests reported from the protest.

While Joel performed inside the stadium, the marchers outside were speaking out about the Stockley verdict.

One protestor, Alexandria Lane-Detwiler of Chesterfield, said “I can't sit at home in my privilege and not come out," according to the Post-Dispatch.

Candy Voyd, who lived in a historically African-American neighborhood in north St. Louis, said most white Americans did not realize that other races were being treated differently.

"They need to wake up," she said.

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