Does that anti-racism banner at Fenway Park have any place at a baseball game? | The Tylt
Does that anti-racism banner at Fenway Park have any place at a baseball game?
The people responsible for the banner released a statement saying the sign was in response to Baltimore Orioles second baseman Adam Jones' experience of being verbally assaulted with racist chants at a game in Fenway earlier this season. The organizers wanted to remind America "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.”
The anti-racism banner at Fenway Park was not only appropriate, it was also needed. People are so busy burying their head in the sand when they watch sports, they forget about the racism plaguing the country every day. People need to confront that no matter where they are, racism is a part of American culture until we change it. This banner was a great way to get continue the ongoing conversation about race.
Americans know racism exists. Heck, some spend a majority of their time trying to fight it. When they go to a game, they want to take their mind off those problems. People want peace. This sign, while maybe true, is not appropriate at a baseball game where people are trying to relax. The sign was also unfurled during the Hats Off to Heroes portion of the night where the team honors a United States service member. Breaking out the sign was inappropriate. There is a time and place for that sort of thing—a ball game is not one of them.
Hanging a racism banner at fenway is like hanging a pedophilia banner at a t-ball game. We know it exists, now is not the time or place.