The Boston Red Sox have spent the week at the forefront of the race relations issue. Earlier in the week, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was verbally assaulted by a Red Sox fan that used the N word.
The following day in a separate incident a Red Sox fan was permanently banned from Fenway Park after assaulting a fellow patron and his bi-racial son with a variant of the same slur.
Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy assembled the media after the game to make sure that the world hears his club’s stance on the issue.
“I’m here to send a message, loud and clear, that the behavior, the language, the treatment of others that you’ve heard about and read about is not acceptable,” Kennedy said.
“We have to recognize that this exists in our culture,” Kennedy said. “It’s not indicative of Boston …. It’s a handful of ignorant and intolerant people.”
Calvin Hennick told the AP that his family is the group that was targeted on Wednesday after he took his Haitian father-in-law and bi-racial son to the game to celebrate his son’s sixth birthday.
The person that he pointed out to security used the insult to taunt the singer of the national anthem. Hennick asked the individual that has not been named to confirm what he said….and he did.
But the more that Hennick thought about it, the more that he knew the attacker was trying to hurt his group.
“I was sitting there with my mixed-race family. The more I think about it, the more I think it was a deliberate thumb in the eye,” Hennick said. “He wanted to prove that he could say whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.”
He went on to say that his family does feel safe in the city.
“My wife and I have been happy here. I don’t feel uncomfortable walking around Boston with my mixed-race family, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a common occurrence for people,” he said.
“My son doesn’t know what happened and had a great time. He definitely wants to go back, and I plan on going back. All sports teams need to do what they can to address fan behavior, and I think the Sox kind of have a fire lit under them to make sure they do all they can.”
Kennedy and his team have indeed taken a step in the right direction.
By the way, the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 4-2.
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