The Boston Red Sox ejected four people from Fenway Park on Wednesday night after a banner reading “Racism is as American as baseball” was draped over one of the stands.
The sign appeared during the middle of the fourth inning of the Red Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, according to the The Boston Globe, in the front row of Section Six of the “Monster Seats” positioned behind Fenway Park’s famous “Green Monster” wall.
The newspaper reported that the sign was visible for around two minutes before security personnel intervened and removed two women and two men between the ages of 25 and 30 from the stadium.
“We are a group of white anti-racist protestors,” the fans said in a statement to The Washington Post. “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.”
In its own statement, the Red Sox said the fans had “violated” the club’s policy on “affixing signs to the ballpark.”
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In May, the Red Sox apologized to the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones after the outfielder was abused with racist slogans and had peanuts thrown at him. Jones told USA Today he had been “called the n-word a handful of times.”
“It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being,” Jones said at the time. “I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.”
Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox president, made a public apology to Jones and said: “No player should have an object thrown at him on the playing field, nor be subjected to any kind of racism at Fenway Park."
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