Demonstrators Ejected After Hanging “Racism Is As American As Baseball” Banner At Fenway Park

Bryan Brandom
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During a season in which a star opponent accused a portion of the Boston Red Sox fan base of being racist, Fenway Park became the site of a group of activists’ statement about racism in the United States.

The paying customers unfurled a banner that read “Racism Is As American As Baseball” from the top of the Green Monster. There it remained for several minutes until security confiscated the sign and escorted those associated with it from the stadium

“During the 4th inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark,” the Red Sox said in a statement. “The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park.”

The Red Sox lost to the Oakland Athletics, 7-3. 

In an interview with CSN New England, one of the demonstrators indicated there was a fifth member of their party and said the act was intended to inspire white people to join the fight against racial injustice.

“We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism,” the group wrote in a statement. “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.”

On May 1, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said Red Sox fans hurled racist statements at him while at least one threw peanuts at him. After speaking out on the incident, Fenway Park gave Jones a standing ovation in his first at-bat the following day.

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