In last night’s game against the A’s, some fans hung a racial banner from the Green Monster causing a lot of reaction from many people.
Racism has been a big topic surrounding the Boston Red Sox this season. In last night’s game, another racial event occurred.
Some fans sitting on top of the Green Monster last night in the 4th inning hung a banner down the wall that read, “Racism is as American as baseball”. According to multiple reports, the fans that were holding the banner were escorted from their seats very quickly.
According to a report from CSNNE’s Evan Drellich, the group of people who displayed the sign last night claimed they were white anti-racist protestors. They also claimed that The Black Lives Matter movement inspired them.
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In a written statement from the group, they said, “We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American Culture and history, so too is racism…White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization.”
Last night’s event wasn’t the first racial incident that has happened at Fenway Park this season. Back in May, in a series against the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder Adam Jones, claimed that he was a victim of some racial taunting during the game and objects were being thrown at him. He also claimed that he was subject to other racial taunts at Fenway Park in the past.
The Red Sox came out and apologized for the incident that involved Jones and said that the fans who were apart of the racial taunting were kicked out of the stadium.
Red Sox owner, John Henry, recently tried to end the racial talk surrounding the team by saying he was interested in renaming “Yawkey Way” due to the racial past of former Red Sox owner, Tom Yawkey.
Last night’s event is not going to help the team’s reputation and will likely be talked about for quite some time. Let’s hope the Red Sox can do the right thing here and move on from this.