Boston Mayor Blasts Police For Black History Month Tweet

Mayor Marty Walsh accosted the Boston Police Department after their Black History Month tweet.

Boston, MA – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accosted the Boston Police Department (BPD) on Monday, after the department posted a Black History Month tweet that honored a white man.

“In honor of # BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to @celtics legend # Red Auerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting 5 in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the department’s now-deleted post read, according to USA Today.

On Monday, Mayor Walsh harshly condemned the department for having honored the white NBA coach.

“Yesterday's tweet from the Boston Police Department was completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston,” Walsh blasted, according to USA Today. "I am personally committing to the people of Boston that we will always honor our Black leaders, activists and trailblazers with the respect they deserve. Not just in February, but every day and every month of the year."

The Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also weighed in, calling the department’s post “sad” and “offensive,” and demanded a better apology than the one the BPD later issued.

“The decision of the Boston Police Department to celebrate Black History Month by celebrating a white man for hiring Black people is beyond perplexing,” the NAACP said in a Facebook post. “Every time we think there may be some signs of home...we get a reminder that we have a long way to go. A mighty long way to go.”

The BPD removed the Coach Auerbach post on Monday, and apologized for their message.

“BPD realized than an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that. Our intentions were never to offend,” the department tweeted.

An additional apology soon appeared from Commissioner William Evans in a final tweet.

"On behalf of the Boston Police Department, I offer my sincerest apologies for last night's social media post on Black History Month. The tweet was insensitive and does not reflect the values of the Boston Police Department,” the statement read.

This situation has gotten so out of hand, and some fools just want to complain about ANYTHING!!!!

@FattyMatty no they weren't. No one believes that lie.

Meeks, your American Indian ancestors were big time slave owners.

I grew up in Hawaii and there has been prejudice no matter where you live. But none has taken it this ridiculous extreme. We didn't own slaves unless someone here in the US is 200 years old or more. Why are we being blamed for any of it? Most of the racism in America is perpetuated by black people again whites. The FIRST slaveowner was BLACK!!!!!

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People from virtually every major culture, civilization, and religious background have made slaves of their own and enslaved other peoples. White people have also been slaves. The Irish in America Fattymatty was talking about were indentured servants. Not the same as a slave.

Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
-global research.ca
It specifically uses the word prisoners. Guess that's a lie too, huh?

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Get over it randy ! Love to see a diologue between holicost survivors and yourselves ! No match my friend ! They suffered ! You had a moment in history , period and your digging a deeper hole with every negative word out of your mouths

@FattyMatty there weren't any Irish slaves. Irish were shipped to the Caribbean to be indentured servants, farm hands, and crew bosses. Never slaves.