It was a beautiful night for baseball at Fenway Park Wednesday night. The Boston Red Sox took on the Oakland A’s and lost 7-3. But that wasn’t the only unfortunate event for the home team that evening.
During the fourth inning, protesters stood above the giant left-field fence, known as the Green Monster, and unfurled a social justice message to remind the fans that they’re all racists:
Racism is as American as baseball
According to Fox News, the protest only lasted for one at-bat before umpires ordered it down since it was in fair territory. The crowd didn’t appreciate the message and booed the protesters. There were four people involved with the sign and were escorted off property. A fifth was elsewhere in the ballpark documenting the moment. The group said they were inspired by Black Lives Matter, but denied any involvement in a specific group. Instead, one of them said, “All of us do work as organizers in various Boston groups that combat white supremacy and racism.”
The protesters told The Washington Post:
“We are a group of white anti-racist protestors. We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism. White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization.
“We are responding to a long history of racism and white supremacy in the United States that continues to pervade every aspect of American culture today. We deliberately chose a platform in an attempt to reach as many people as possible.”
In case you were wondering what ESPN thought of the stunt — well, they loved it. On First Take, co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman drooled all over it as a great moment in baseball. (See video above.) Any other questions why they can’t keep subscribers?