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The Boston Police Department tweeted a tribute to a white man for Black History Month. The since-deleted tweet faced immediate backlash, which highlighted former Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach.
It said: “In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st@NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an All African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966.”
After mounting criticism on social media, the force apologized for the tweet. “BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” the department wrote on Twitter.
BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that. Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) February 12, 2018
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans also called the tweet “insensitive” in a separate apology on behalf of the Police Department.
Statement from Police Commissioner William B. Evans, “On behalf of the Boston Police Department, I offer my sincerest apologies for last night’s social media post on Black History Month. The tweet was insensitive and …read more