Protesters unfurled a gigantic banner reading “racism is as American as baseball” during Wednesday night’s Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
The Boston Herald on Thursday reported that the sign appeared during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball (MLB) contest between the Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics.
Four demonstrators were ejected for the stunt, telling ballpark security on the way out their display was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
CSNNE’s Evan Drellich spoke to a participant after the incident, who described it as reaction to racism.
“We see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city,” the protester said.
“It has been for a long time, and that no white person can avoid the history of racism, essentially,” they added. “So, we did this banner as a gesture towards that, to have a conversation about that.”
Boston Antifa later Wednesday took credit for the unusual moment in a series of tweets celebrating the banner and a public statement about the group’s intent.
Racism is as American as Baseball— Boston Antifa🌹 (@AntifaBoston) September 14, 2017
Another Boston Antifa victory at the Red Sox game tonight. We have been on fire all summer! 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BOIwMIAJDr
“MLB as a league should be dissolved,” Boston Antifa said in a statement. “Like the Confederate monuments the Nazis are defending across the nation, remove and replace it with something of value to all people. A sport where people who identify as non-male make up 50% of the league."
“Not just a sport for a White male population that still refuses to acknowledge Black Lives Matter and votes for neo-fascism to fill the highest offices of this nation.”
A military veteran was being honored by the Red Sox as the banner was unfurled Wednesday, but a protester told CSNNE that the timing of the move was coincident.
Antifa is a loosely organized coalition of left-leaning anti-fascists, and the movement has made headlines this summer for its role in several heated protests about racial inequality in the U.S.