Walsh calls out BPD for Auerbach tweet

Mayor Walsh issued a statement today about yesterday's Black History Month honor for Red Auerbach (for which BPD has apologized):

Yesterday's tweet from the Boston Police Department was completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston. We are celebrating the accomplishments and limitless contributions of the Black community to our city and the entire country, from Harriet Tubman to great leaders of today such as Chief Justice Ireland, artists like New Edition and Michael Bivins, powerful activists including Mel King and Superintendent Lisa Holmes, the first African-American woman to lead the Boston Police Academy training program. I am personally committing to the people of Boston that we will always honor our Black leaders, activists and trailblazers with the respect they deserve, not just in February, but every day and every month of the year.



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Walsh loves to score his progressive points on issues like this to cover for his lack of real action.

Still not supporting the body camera program, right?

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is basically a Boston version of Congressman Murray from Parks and Rec.

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Tone deaf perhaps?

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If the BPD decided to only honor one individual this month, then they certainly missed the mark.
I don't think its wrong to honor a white person for helping to break down racial barriers but Auerbach's contribution is not that significant. The entire NBA has about 500 players - so at best he can be commended for opening up 500 opportunities for African Americans.
I'm sure there have been other white Americans who made contributions greater than Auerbach to breaking down barriers - and obviously many African Americans who are worthy of honoring.

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