- The Washington Times
Monday, February 12, 2018

The Boston Police Department apologized Monday after a tweet honoring a white basketball coach for Black History Month was slammed as tone-deaf.

The tweet Sunday evening, which has since been deleted, paid tribute to legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach, who was white.


“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,” the tweet for the BPD’s official Twitter account read, according to screenshot captured by CBS Boston.

Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement Monday calling the tweet “completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston.”

Former city councilor Tito Jackson said that while Auerbach’s work was important, Black History Month should be reserved for black Americans.

The BPD apologized in a follow-up tweet early Monday.

Police officials posted another Black History Monday tribute honoring the NBA’s first black coach and former Celtics star Bill Russell.


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