Another reminder America’s most racist big city isn’t in the South

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.

One response to “Another reminder America’s most racist big city isn’t in the South”

  1. In the 1980’s the Celtics could, and did, run out five (5) white guys for at least a few series during every home game. No other team had that many white guys, and nobody else in memory has put 5 white guys on the court.

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