Thursday, May 4

 Racist taunts stir up ancient pains in Boston


"Racism is a wound that’s difficult to cauterize even though it already burns. Just when Boston felt it had gotten the bleeding under control, the wound has been re-opened, gushing disappointment, anger, disbelief, and defensiveness. The news that Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was subjected to racial epithets at Fenway Park on Monday during the Orioles 5-2 victory over the Red Sox put a city with a checkered racial past — on and off the field — back on the defensive. That’s the problem. The immediate reaction of some folks at Jones saying he was 'called the N-word a handful of times' at Friendly Fenway was to demand proof. There was a sense of fatigue that racism remained an issue that had to be dealt with and seething that an entire people could be painted in a derogatory fashion with such a broad brush. Welcome to the world of anyone who has ever been discriminated against. That’s exactly how those on the receiving end of racist taunts feel. It doesn’t feel good, does it, Boston? ..."
Boston Globe
The Nation:  MLB and Boston Sports Fans Have to Stand Up to Racism in the Stands
The Guardian: Some Red Sox fans just don't know Boston's racist history (Video)
WBZW: Boston sports struggle with perception built on racist past
NY Daily News: Orioles’ Adam Jones says Red Sox fans called him N-word, threw bag of peanuts at him
What Happened to Adam Jones Isn’t Just a Boston Problem
NY Times: Red Sox Fans Give Adam Jones a Standing Ovation at Fenway
USA Today: Orioles' Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park (Video)
YouTube: Adam Jones discusses racists taunts by Red Sox fans at Fenway Park

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