Boston Mayor Blasts Police For Black History Month Tweet

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Mayor Marty Walsh accosted the Boston Police Department after their Black History Month tweet.

Boston, MA – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accosted the Boston Police Department (BPD) on Monday, after the department posted a Black History Month tweet that honored a white man.

“In honor of # BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to @Celtics legend # Red Auerbach for being the 1st @nba coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting 5 in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the department’s now-deleted post read, according to USA Today.

On Monday, Mayor Walsh harshly condemned the department for having honored the white NBA coach.

“Yesterday's tweet from the Boston Police Department was completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston,” Walsh blasted, according to USA Today. "I am personally committing to the people of Boston that we will always honor our Black leaders, activists and trailblazers with the respect they deserve. Not just in February, but every day and every month of the year."

The Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also weighed in, calling the department’s post “sad” and “offensive,” and demanded a better apology than the one the BPD later issued.

“The decision of the Boston Police Department to celebrate Black History Month by celebrating a white man for hiring Black people is beyond perplexing,” the NAACP said in a Facebook post. “Every time we think there may be some signs of home...we get a reminder that we have a long way to go. A mighty long way to go.”

The BPD removed the Coach Auerbach post on Monday, and apologized for their message.

“BPD realized than an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that. Our intentions were never to offend,” the department tweeted.

An additional apology soon appeared from Commissioner William Evans in a final tweet.

"On behalf of the Boston Police Department, I offer my sincerest apologies for last night's social media post on Black History Month. The tweet was insensitive and does not reflect the values of the Boston Police Department,” the statement read.

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Larrydcam
Larrydcam

Wow I can understand the police commissioner kissing the mayors ass because most likely he works at the will & pleasure of the mayor. But then again I personally would have told h to kids my ass along with the naacp & the rest of the ingreats. It just goes to show you can’t please everyone. Because they all think they are entitled. Just reckonize George Washington Carver & Leave it at that. It’s not You recognized a athletic team which in itself was wrong because face it they no pleasing the assholes. Do away with Black History month all together unless you add a White History month, a Hispanic History month a Oreintal History month, you get the point !!!!!

Scattered
Scattered

I do agree and that was probably the problem. Where's ours? The Japanese, Chinese, Mexicans, Indians you name it. They don't have a special day.

Randy-
Randy-

The Japanese, Chinese, Mexicans, Indians you name it. where not indentured slaves. @Scattered you seem to be lacking in your mental faculties, can you tell me in which ocean are the Islands of Hawaii located? Do not google, santa is watching you.

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

@Randy, how about the same ocean the black and white came BEFORE black history month. Doth protest too much. The Indians were here first and slaves long before the black! Read your history and lower your racism.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

I agree, Larry.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Soon, we’ll have Gay Pride month, over just parades, & Transexual month, where arrests will be made, if you call them by the wrong gender & not use the new words/terminology they’ve created, to ‘include’ their so easily butt hurt selves. This has gotten so sadly pathetic. Everyone is insulted over everything. Laughable. And embarrassing for them. But they don’t know enough to be embarrassed. Just want their agenda to be bowed to, by the majority. And this now sick society is doing just that. SMH

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Dont honor a local hero of black civil rights because he happens to be white? Huh? It seems now that MLKs I have a Dream quote is reversed by his people to judge people by the color of their skin not the content of their character.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Amazing! They celebrate a guy who accepted black players into the NBA and they get wrong for it?? Just a bunch of moaning minnies. Is the US any more racist than it was in the 60's or 70's? These people find racism wherever they can. What about the baking industry? There's white brad, mixed race bread (50/50 brown - white) but NO black bread? Why don't they complain about that??

Bill d
Bill d

If a tweet can cause such an overreaction the next logical step is to ignore all of these assholes. You would think the tweet celebrated a clan member with the vitriolic responses. People are too sensitive and need to be told to shut the fuck up every now and again.

prophetess anna
prophetess anna

no matter what, all and i mean ALL PEOPLE, DESERVE OUR RESPECT!!! ALL PEOPLE!! RESPECT AND LOVE!!

RunCop
RunCop

Ah, the race card from the never-ending deck!

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

This situation has gotten so out of hand, and some fools just want to complain about ANYTHING!!!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FattyMatty no they weren't. No one believes that lie.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Meeks, your American Indian ancestors were big time slave owners.

Scattered
Scattered

I grew up in Hawaii and there has been prejudice no matter where you live. But none has taken it this ridiculous extreme. We didn't own slaves unless someone here in the US is 200 years old or more. Why are we being blamed for any of it? Most of the racism in America is perpetuated by black people again whites. The FIRST slaveowner was BLACK!!!!!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

People from virtually every major culture, civilization, and religious background have made slaves of their own and enslaved other peoples. White people have also been slaves. The Irish in America Fattymatty was talking about were indentured servants. Not the same as a slave.

FattyMatty
FattyMatty

Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
-global research.ca
It specifically uses the word prisoners. Guess that's a lie too, huh?

Likely222
Likely222

Get over it randy ! Love to see a diologue between holicost survivors and yourselves ! No match my friend ! They suffered ! You had a moment in history , period and your digging a deeper hole with every negative word out of your mouths

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@FattyMatty there weren't any Irish slaves. Irish were shipped to the Caribbean to be indentured servants, farm hands, and crew bosses. Never slaves.

Scattered
Scattered

Always the race card. It's so old!!!


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