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Kentucky Derby: Protesters, But No Fans

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    This year's Kentucky Derby will probably go down as one of, if not the strangest one in history. First of all, the event has no fans in the stands this year. Recent events caused the Derby (usually scheduled in May) to be postponed until this Saturday with all new regulations in mind, atleast for the time being. That means no in-person spectators and special guidelines for the racers and their teams.

    But believe it or not, that's not the only thing causing issues at this year's Derby. The 101st installment of the Derby was met with demonstrators demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Along with them were armed counter-protesters saying there side. The two groups met with chanting and some yelling from both sides, though as of yet there have been no injuries or altercations to speak of. The protests from both sides, though a bit intense, were not aggressive. The protests ended with riot geared police breaking up the crowds.

    Now with that being said, I'm a bit confused here. Why of all places was the Kentucky Derby the place to protest? I understand these things need to be said anywhere possible, but the KD? With no fans there? With limited staff? With fewer fans tuning in than say basketball?

    Am I missing something here?

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    Am I missing something here?

    Its because of the location. Churchill Downs, the race site for the Derby, is in Louisville. So was the shooting of Breonna Taylor. And its nationally televised so really it makes a lot of sense for protesters to gather for this event. I'm wondering what happens just before, during and after the race. And into the night. Hopefully it remains peaceful and relatively civil, but hard to see that happening with how many of the protesters on both sides are armed.

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    joetemple Wrote:
    PowerPlay Wrote:

    Am I missing something here?

    Its because of the location. Churchill Downs, the race site for the Derby, is in Louisville. So was the shooting of Breonna Taylor. And its nationally televised so really it makes a lot of sense for protesters to gather for this event. I'm wondering what happens just before, during and after the race. And into the night. Hopefully it remains peaceful and relatively civil, but hard to see that happening with how many of the protesters on both sides are armed.

    That makes much more sense. But even still, I don't know if this was the right place to do this. Yeah, it brought more attention to the issue which is a good thing. But it also got bogged down by the "other side" showing up.

    I don't know. Something about it just feels off. I totally agree with the statement, I just don't know if the Kentucky Derby is the place to do it.