US Boston police tweeted a Black History Month tribute to a white man — and Twitter was not happy

11:26  12 february  2018
11:26  12 february  2018 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The Boston Police Department apologized early Monday after tweeting a Black History Month tribute post that honored a white man . Police officials responded to mounting criticism Monday on Twitter . BPD realizes that an earlier — Boston Police Dept. (@ bostonpolice ) February 12, 2018.

The Boston Police Department is facing a bevy of backlash online after tweeting a Black History Month tribute post that honored a white man . The tweet , which was deleted less than an hour after it went up Sunday night

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The Boston Police Department is facing a bevy of backlash online after tweeting a Black History Month tribute post that honored a white man.

The tweet, which was deleted less than an hour after it went up Sunday night, was posted on the department’s official account “in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.” However, the tweet celebrated the accomplishments of former Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, who was white.

The tweet lauded Auerbach for being the first NBA coach to draft a black player, field an all-African-American starting lineup, and hire the league’s first African-American head coach.

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How kind of the Boston Police Department to mark Black History Month by honoring a white man pic. twitter .com/Yza0kcyl9U. — Astead (@AsteadWesley) February 12, 2018. .@ bostonpolice I noticed you guys deleted this tweet honoring Red Auerbach instead of actually honoring Bill Russell.

Replying to @ bostonpolice @celtics. You guys get it now, black history usually tributes black people. Takes more than a month to tell Black history in America. The Boston Police Department gets 2 black thumbs for this crime.

The pushback to the tweet was swift, with many users — including former city councilor Tito Jackson — saying the post was tone-deaf, inappropriate, and missed the point of Black History Month.

Several tweets also called for the department to apologize for the post.

Reached by phone Sunday evening, Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman, declined to comment.

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