Boston police's Black History Month tweet about Red Auerbach called 'tone-deaf'

Boston police's Black History Month tweet about Red Auerbach called 'tone-deaf'

The Boston Police Department apologized this week after coming under fire for a Black History tweet that honored a white man, the Boston Globe reported.

The department later tweeted a photo of Russell, whom it had honored on February 3 for Black History Month.

A coalition of civil rights organizations released a statement that said the tweet "amplifies the need for continued work to deepen our collective understanding of our shared history and the role that Black people have played in it especially in this City where we consistently stumble on issues of race".

The police force has been criticized in the past for being disproportionately white compared to Boston's population, though the department says it is trying to increase its diversity.

Police said in the since-deleted tweet that they chose to pay tribute to the cigar-chomping legend because he was the first National Basketball Association coach to draft a black player.


That time of year where we honor important black figures in American history. The police department apologized for the tweet early Monday.

Twitter users quickly jumped on the police department, calling the tweet irresponsible and tone deaf. They then posted another tweet honoring famed Celtic player and coach Bill Russell for breaking racial barriers.

Cedric Maxwell, whose number hangs in the rafters at TD Garden, said there was no need to be offended by the tweet.

Melania Trump helped her husband celebrate Black History Month Tuesday. On Monday, police tweeted out a statement from Commissioner William Evans, acknowledging the tweet was "insensitive". But on Sunday, their tweet recognizing Red Auerbach's contributions to the cause did not go over well.

Trump celebrated the annual observance at a White House reception under the theme of "African Americans in Times of War".

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