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Fans Horrified When They See Banner Hanging From Stands At Red Sox Game

If you were in the mood to have your enjoyment of a baseball game be interrupted by people that felt the need to make a statement while making spectacles of themselves, you were in luck on Wednesday evening. That’s because some fans decided to unfurl a banner at Fenway Park during a nationally televised game between the Red Sox and the Oakland A's. As Sports Illustrated shares, the fans and the banner were quickly removed, and it remains incredibly unclear exactly what purpose their actions served.

A huge banner was unfurled directly over the Green Monster portion of the outfield wall.

"Racism is as American as Baseball," the banner read.

After the group was ejected, reports emerged that one member noted they were inspired by Black Lives Matter. Evan Drellich of CSNNE was able to speak directly with one member of the group, who requested to remain anonymous.

“There were originally about eight people involved who had this idea, and those eight people come from various organizing groups in the Boston area. Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes. And the banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway [that Adam Jones spoke of],” the group member said. “But overall, we saw, we see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city. It has been for a long time, and that no white people can avoid the history of racism, essentially. So we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that.”

What the member seems to be completely oblivious to is that the unfurling of a banner is not the same as having a conversation. In fact, it’s incredibly off-putting and gives across the vibe that you’re preaching to others. Hence, not many people are going to want to speak with you. The fact that members of the group that unfurled the banner can’t recognize that is mind-numbing, but at least they got the attention they so desperately craved for the evening.

In addition to being inspired by BLM, the group Boston Antifa is also claiming credit for the banner. That should help make people want to talk to group members even more. Or not. Antifa is a violent alt-left group that advances its message through violence and vandalism. Nothing about either of those actions hints towards a desire to have a conversation about things, but it does point to the fact that members of the group are misguided about things.

Boston right fielder Mookie Betts was among the players that caught a glimpse of the banner, and he offered up a matter-of-fact response.

"There's no place for that," he said. "That's for another day, though."
Let’s make today that day. There is no place for unnecessary banners and protests at a simple baseball game. Period. The same applies to racism: there’s no place for it. Period. Perhaps members of this group can be made to write those two facts on the blackboard 500 times to allow it to seep into their heads.

Source: Sports Illustrated, AP
Photo: Twitter

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