February is widely known as Black History Month. A month when people honor African-Americans who have sought and/or achieved to make great strides towards making all people equal under the law regardless of race. But today’s Leftists miss that point entirely.
Recently, the Boston Police Department tweeted this: “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.”
Of course, Leftists on social media were outraged that the BPD would honor a white man during Black History Month. Now do you see how they entirely miss the point people like Dr. King strived to make?
They are prioritizing Auerbach’s skin color over the content of his character and his actions. Red Auerbach drafted Bill Russell in 1956, being the first coach to do so. However, Russell was not the first African-American man to play in the NBA. That honor belongs to three other people: Earl Lloyd (who was the first African-American to play in an actual NBA game), Chuck Cooper and Nathaniel Clifton who were all drafted in 1950.
And funny enough, Chuck Cooper was drafted by the Boston Celtics thanks to Celtics owner Walter A. Brown, another white man.
From the tweet, we can see the great help Red Auerbach was to African-Americans in the NBA. As early as the 2015-16 NBA season, The Institute for Diversity and Ethnics in Sport (TIDES) of the University of Central Florida recorded that the NBA was 18.3% white, with this number including non-American whites such as Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis.
The NBA being mostly black is not surprising but a large reason it’s the way it is at this point in time is because of people like Red Auerbach and Walter A. Brown, who saw potential in players like Cooper and Russell, not skin color.
And remember, this is in the 1950’s and early 60’s. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was still a ways away from this and I remember reading that Bill Russell told stories about being discriminated against by hotel owners and restaurants whenever the team was travelling to away games.
So despite the great importance Red Auerbach was to African-Americans in the NBA, Leftists are more concerned with the fact that he was white and he’s being honored during Black History Month.
Not to equate him to Lincoln, but would it also be outrageous to honor Abraham Lincoln during Black History Month despite the GREAT things he did for African-Americans in the country? Would the fact that he was white diminish his actions or made them worthless?
Of course not, yet Leftists miss the point entirely. Eventually, the BPD was forced to apologize after comments made by idiots, including Boston City Counselor Tito Jackson, who said: “Only in Boston do the Boston Police honor Red Auerbach for Black History Month. So we already have the shortest month and now this.” “Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok…”
The BPD apologized by saying: “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.”
And even the apology gets attacked: “This is a bad apology. You should say why black history is important and why a police department should be hyper-cognizant of that,” wrote one user.
Typical Leftist telling people what they “should” do. What the BPD “should” do is not give a damn what these sensitive little wusses think and honor someone WHO HAS HELPED AFRICAN-AMERICANS A GREAT DEAL DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE IS WHITE!
Another lunatic wrote: “This wasn’t an honest mistake, it was an idiotic move by a group clearly unconcerned and unfamiliar with anyone who’s not white.” You can’t see it, but his profile picture is that of a white guy. By his logic, isn’t he also unfamiliar with anyone who’s not white? By his logic, he doesn’t “understand the constant struggle non-whites go through.”
The BPD is literally honoring someone who helped black people in his sport. Only in Leftist America could that possibly be offensive and wrong.
And the funny thing is that it’s not really surprising. The Left has always hated anyone who’s not white and attacked those who helped black people. In a sense, these Leftists are doing on Twitter what the KKK did in their time. They’re harassing and (at least verbally) assaulting those helpful and supportive of black people.
By attacking the BPD for honoring a white man, these lunatics show themselves to be the racists that they truly are. They don’t care what Red did. They care that he was white and they care that he’s being honored during Black History Month.
Frankly, the BPD is more progressive (as in actually forward-thinking, not communist) than those who attack them. They see what Red did for African-Americans in the NBA and honor his actions, ignoring the fact that he was white because that fact is entirely irrelevant. It’s these “progressive” social justice warriors who should apologize and be ashamed of themselves.
They’re the ones who are being insensitive here. So we shouldn’t honor white people who helped black people? We should only honor black people who helped black people? That’s what I mean when I say they miss Dr. King’s message.
His message was that of hope for the future. That his children would live in a world where they wouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin, but be judged by the content of their characters. And yet, these lunatic social justice warriors decide to focus on Red’s skin color rather than what he did for African-Americans. And they choose to attack the BPD for doing something that’s right.
Hatred simply lives and thrives in the Left’s heart. Whether it’s hatred for black people, white people, it doesn’t matter. Ironically, their hatred is less racist than they are.
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