Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

It wasn't the Boston Police Department's finest moment.

The original post on the department's official Twitter account Saturday night was in honor of former Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

This "All Lives Matter" approach-honoring White people during Black History Month-comes after the Boston Globe published a scathing rebuke that said Boston deserves its reputation as a racist city.

The tweet also honored Auerbach for fielding "an all African-American starting five in 1964 and [hiring] the league's 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966", according to screenshots posted on Twitter.


The tone-deaf tweet drew criticism and mockery on Twitter, including from former City Councilor Tito Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran to be Boston's first black mayor late previous year, the outlet reported. So we already have the shortest month and now this. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok".

Russell played center for the Celtics and who later became first African-American head coach of any major American sport. He won nine NBA Championships in Boston, but Black History Month probably isn't the greatest time to remember the coach.

The tweet was deleted less than an hour after it was posted. The police department apologized for the tweet early Monday. Our intentions were never to offend.

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