US 'Racism is as American as baseball' banner removed from Fenway Park

04:15  14 september  2017
04:15  14 september  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Anti-racism group's sign motivated by 'extremely segregated' Boston

  Anti-racism group's sign motivated by 'extremely segregated' Boston The group of five anti-racism protesters who brought a sign reading "Racism is as American as baseball" into Fenway Park on Wednesday and hung it over the Green Monster did so to "have a conversation" about racism in Boston, an "extremely segregated city," a group member said. "There were originally about eight people involved who had this idea, and those eight people come from various organizing groups in the Boston area,” the group member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Evan Drellich of CSNNE. “Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes.

However, on Wednesday night we saw something we haven’t seen recently at a sporting event when fans at the Athletics-Red Sox game at Fenway Park unfurled a massive banner reading “ Racism Is As American As Baseball ” over the Green Monster.

The first two games at Fenway Park were rained out, so the new ballpark opened on April 20, 1912. Like most of baseball 's other old parks , it's cramped and even a little bit uncomfortable. Those other old parks have disappeared, but Fenway is still there.

Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway Park © (Getty Images) Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway Park

Banners are very common in baseball games but Fenway Park security was quick to remove one draped on the Green Monster Wednesday night.

Some fans draped a black banner over the iconic green wall in left field with the phrase "Racism is as American as Baseball" written across the front.

The banner was quickly taken down and the fans who set it up were removed, according to CSN New England.

This comes after an incident in Boston in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was allegedly called the "n-word" and had peanuts thrown at him at a game early in the season. Recently Red Sox ownership proposed that Yawkey Way near Fenway Park be renamed for David Ortiz.

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 15: Fans stand for the national anthem before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park on August Let me be very clear to this person and to anyone who thinks like them: There is no room for racism in baseball and in any part of life.

the Boston Garden and Fenway Park , hold banners and memories as far as the eye can see, they have yet to escape the racism that has African- American players are a minority in baseball , and all too often feel like they don’t belong. Yet, at Fenway , African- American players have a heightened

Former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was the last MLB owner to allow an African American player onto his roster, and new Red Sox owner John William Henry II wants to remove the Yawkey name from the business district due to the racist history that goes with it.

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No plans to remove monument to 'Star-Spangled Banner' writer .
Baltimore's mayor says she has no plans to remove the city's monument to Francis Scott Key that was recently vandalized. The words "Racist Anthem" were painted on the monument's base on the anniversary of the battle that inspired Key to write the "The Star-Spangled Banner."The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Mayor Catherine Pugh also has directed art preservation experts to determine the cost of cleaning it up.Key, who owned slaves, was inspired to write his verses by the Battle of Fort McHenry on Sept. 13-14, 1814 during the War of 1812.

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