Fans at A's-Red Sox Game Unfurl Banner Saying 'Racism Is as American as Baseball'

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With the Red Sox hosting the Oakland A's in a nationally televised game on Wednesday, a few fans took the opportunity between innings to unfurl a banner from the seating area over the Green Monster. 

According to Evan Drellich of CSNNE, the banner was quickly confiscated and the fans using it were removed. Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reported one of those ejected said the group was inspired by Black Lives Matter. In an exclusive interview with Drellich, a member of the group, speaking anonymously as to not detract from the banner's message, Wednesday night's events were coordinated by five people meant to convey an anti-racism message to the public:

“There were originally about eight people involved who had this idea, and those eight people come from various organizing groups in the Boston area,” the group member said. “Mostly groups that affiliate with racial justice causes. And the banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway [that Adam Jones spoke of]. 

“But overall, we saw, we see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city. It has been for a long time, and that 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 group member was also reportedly surprised that the anti-racism message wasn't clear, saying "I guess we should have seen that coming but we also didn’t think of it as an ambiguous message. ... It’s kind of telling that it is being interpreted as one."

The group Boston Antifa claimed credit for the banner.

The events add to the several race-related incidents this season, from Adam Jones detailing his experiences at Fenway Park to many trying to rename the iconic Yawkey Way.

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