The Boston Red Sox expressed their solidarity toward the Black Lives Matter movement by erecting a Black Lives Matter banner on the exterior of Fenway Park on Wednesday night. This act was met with heavy pushback and anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric, however, from some fans of the team who were upset that the Red Sox showed support for the movement
Many Bostonians and others took this opportunity to point out the fact that racism is still very much alive in the city, and that people's reactions to the team's decision is proof of that.
Back in June, the Red Sox released a statement addressing the racism that is prevalent in the city of and how their fans have been culprits of perpetuating it at times as well.
"Last year there were 7 reported incidents at Fenway Park where fans used racial slurs," the team wrote. "Those are just the ones we know about. And it's not just players. It happens to the dedicated Black employees who work for us on game days."
This statement was met with similar criticism in the comments as their Black Lives Matter post as well.