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'Racism is as American as baseball' banner removed from Fenway Park

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/14/2017 Thomas Lott
Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway Park © (Getty Images) Yankees-Red Sox at Fenway Park

Banners are very common in baseball games but Fenway Park security was quick to remove one draped on the Green Monster Wednesday night.

Some fans draped a black banner over the iconic green wall in left field with the phrase "Racism is as American as Baseball" written across the front.

The banner was quickly taken down and the fans who set it up were removed, according to CSN New England.

This comes after an incident in Boston in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was allegedly called the "n-word" and had peanuts thrown at him at a game early in the season. Recently Red Sox ownership proposed that Yawkey Way near Fenway Park be renamed for David Ortiz.

Former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was the last MLB owner to allow an African American player onto his roster, and new Red Sox owner John William Henry II wants to remove the Yawkey name from the business district due to the racist history that goes with it.

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