Farmer Donnie Spell, who has driven his tractor in the Hope Mills (N.C.) parade for years, tacked a sign saying “White History Month – Hug Wht Ppl” to a trailer filled with watermelons that he pulled down Main Street during Thursday’s event.
Spell’s tractor also featured a Confederate flag, which officials said he’s flown before during the Independence Day parade.
He don’t mean no harm.
“I think, if you talk to him, you’re going to see it’s not anything meant to be vicious,” Mayor Jackie Warner said.
Of course, if you’re not a white person you might want to avoid conversating with Donnie.
Cue Brad Paisley.
When I heard a black NHL player’s game-winning goal was greeted by a torrent of racist tweets it wasn’t hard to guess which city’s team lost.
Par for the course for Boston, where racist sports fans have always felt at home.
Sport and race always has been a combustible pairing in Boston. In the 1970s, when Russell was coaching the NBA‘s Seattle Supersonics, he said that as an African-American he’d rather be a lamp post in Seattle than the mayor of Boston.
Perhaps reflecting the racial attitudes of owner Tom Yawkey, the Red Sox were the last major league team to sign a black player (Pumpsie Green, in 1959). Years earlier, the team held a tryout at Fenway Park for Jackie Robinson and other black players, a charade designed to placate a liberal member of the city council. …
Darnell McDonald, an African-American outfielder in his third year with the Red Sox, said: “I’ve had the n-word written on my car, in Boston. It’s individuals, man. Racism is everywhere; I’m not just going to say Boston. It’s just unfortunate that people are that ignorant.”
He’s right, it’s not just Boston. But somehow Beantown always manages to find its way into any conversation involving racism and sports.