Racism Banner Causes Scene at Fenway

Marly Rivera

A banner reading "Racism is as American as baseball" was unfurled over the Green Monster at the Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park Wednesday.

Most media reports indicate that the banner, which was revealed in the middle of the fourth inning, was displayed for just a few minutes.

Here is a close up shot of the banner.

The ejection of four people rather than five was because of the fifth group member's distance inside the stadium. "Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes".

Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe wrote on Facebook the crowd booed at the banner until security officers pulled the banner up and also ejected the banner holders from the field.

The Red Sox confirmed the removal of the individuals in a statement and said they did not permit banners of any kind to be hung in the stadium.

Fenway Park has a long history of racism, with opposing players hearing racial slurs shouted from the crowd, so the protesters picked a flawless spot to deliver their message loud and clear. Who knows? All we know is that they didn't do the banner.

The Red Sox, earlier this season, had to address another accusation about race when Orioles center fielder Adam Jones claimed at a May 1 game he was subject to racial slurs and was hit with peanuts during the game. And I know we have a policy that you can't affix a banner from anywhere in the ballpark.

"White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled", the protester said. John Henry the current owner of the team said recently that he was pushing to change a street name outside the ballpark to no longer honor a former owner who has been associated with practices considered racist.

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