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‘We’re talking about it’: Why sign about racism at baseball game sparks conversation

A banner that reads “Racism is as American as baseball” is unfurled over Fenway Park’s Green Monster during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game between the A’s and Red Sox in Boston.
A banner that reads “Racism is as American as baseball” is unfurled over Fenway Park’s Green Monster during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game between the A’s and Red Sox in Boston. The Associated Press

Is racism just as big in the United States as the sport referred to as America’s pastime? Some fans think so.

A black sign with white lettering that read “racism is as American as baseball” was unfurled over the Green Monster at Boston’s Fenway Park on Wednesday during the fourth inning of the Red Sox’s game against the A’s.

The banner was quickly removed and the fans responsible for it were escorted from the ballpark.

The incident comes in the same season which Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones says he heard racial slurs during a game on May 1 at Fenway. Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox’s team president, personally apologized to Jones the next day, then the All-Star later received a loud ovation before his first at-bat of that game.

Here’s a sampling of Twitter reaction to Wednesday’s incident:

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