Giant ‘Racism is as American as Baseball’ banner causes anger and confusion at Fenway Park

Protesters made a statement at Fenway Park when they unfurled a large banner about racism during the Boston Red Sox game against Oakland.

The sign,  suspended over the top of the 37-foot Green Monster by fans seated behind it on Wednesday, read: “Racism is as American as Baseball” in white letters on a black background.

Covering part of the Foxwoods logo on the outfield wall, the banner was up for about one batter before security removed it along with the fans from the stands, while some boos could be heard from the crowd.

One of those individuals spoke to The Washington Post via email, clarifying that there were actually five people involved at Fenway, with the fifth member “doing documentation across the stadium.” The person said the quintet was “not associated with any particular organization although all of us do work as organizers in various Boston groups that combat white supremacy and racism.”

The person told the Post the group had intentionally chosen to stage their demonstration at a nationally televised Red Sox game, saying “We deliberately chose a platform in an attempt to reach as many people as possible.”

It’s not the first time the topic of racism has come up at the ballpark.

In May, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones accused fans of calling him the N-word and throwing a bag of peanuts at him. The incident was condemned by the team who also issued an apology to Jones.

Red Sox owner John Henry announced last month that he was looking to change the name of Yawkey Way, a street outside Fenway currently named after Tom Yawkey, the former owner of the team who refused to integrate them from 1947 to 1959.

The incident quickly made waves on Twitter but did cause a bit of confusion.

There were some who praised the move and applauded the message.

Others were strongly against it.

But a lot of people were just confused by the message.

Twitter users also debated the other pressing question of how anyone even managed to get the oversized banner into Fenway Park to begin with.

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Frieda Powers


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