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.
Former city councilor Tito Jackson said that while Auerbach’s work was important, Black History Month should be reserved for black Americans.
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#mapolihttps://t.co/Jv38uutK0e— Tito Jackson (@titojackson) February 12, 2018
I appreciate Red Auerbach’s work, his legacy and his contributions. In fact he is one of my favorite parts of the Celticd history. The issue is that there are so many untold, unacknowledged black people in history that need to be acknowledged and understood.— Tito Jackson (@titojackson) February 12, 2018
The BPD apologized in a follow-up tweet early Monday.
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
#ICYMI: In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to Bill Russell, one of the greatest @celtics of all time and the first African-American head coach in the history of the NBA when he was named @celtics coach on November 15, 1966. pic.twitter.com/gKX7zpcUQt— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) February 12, 2018
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