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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:46

Fans Hang ‘Racism Is as American as Baseball’ Banner at Fenway Park

Written by  Complex

Wednesday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics was notable not for the events on the field (the A's won 7-3), but rather for what was going on in the stands.

During the fourth inning, fans who somehow (seriously, how?) managed to sneak in a giant banner hung it over the ballpark's famous Green Monster.

Some fans in the Monster Seats hung a banner over the wall that said, “Racism Is As American As Baseball.” Security removed them. pic.twitter.com/tVSai9XocY

— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 14, 2017

The banner read "Racism Is as American as Baseball." Exactly what that means, the daring banner unfurlers never got a chance to say, as they were quickly escorted out. However, one of them informed Red Sox security that they took inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The Red Sox issued a statement: 

"During the 4th inning of tonight's game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club's policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark. The individuals involved were escorted out of Fenway Park."

This is far from the first encounter with racial issues at Fenway. This past spring, the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones claimed that Red Sox fans yelled racial slurs and that one person threw a bag of peanuts at him.

Read more at Complex

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