The Boston Police Department is taking heat after it sent out a tweet that celebrated Black History Month by honoring a white man.
Local news station Fox 25 Boston reports that the Boston Police Department on Sunday night commemorated Black History Month in the city by paying tribute to Red Auerbach, the legendary Boston Celtics coach whom the department credited for being the first National Basketball Association coach to draft a black player back in 1950.
Although Auerbach’s place as a legend in NBA history is unquestioned, one local politician questioned why the BPD couldn’t find any actual black Bostonians to celebrate during Black History Month.
“Only in Boston do the police honor Red Auerbach for Black History Month,” said Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson. “So we already have the shortest month and now this.”
Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this. Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli https://t.co/Jv38uutK0e
— Tito Jackson (@titojackson) February 12, 2018
The department decided to delete the tweet early on Sunday morning and issued an apology for unintentionally offending people.
“BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” the department said. “Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.”
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