Racial cleansers in Boston are setting their sights on Yawkey Way, the street leading into Fenway Park. The late Thomas Yawkey, who owned the Boston Red Sox baseball team from 1933 to 1976, was apparently a racist and now his memory must be expunged and the street renamed. However, in typical hypocritical liberal fashion, Yawkey Trust money is still good for the getting.
The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman describes the latest social justice crusade in Bean Town this way:
The Red Sox have had enough.
At a moment when racial tensions have escalated rapidly and the removal of Confederate statues acts as a flashpoint for violent and racially divisive protests, the Red Sox are ready to start taking down a symbol of their own racially tainted history.
Had enough? Really? It only took the Boston brain trust a mere 41 years to reach the boiling point.
John Henry, currently the principal owner of the Red Sox, says he is “haunted” by Yawkey's racist legacy and wants the team to take the lead in renaming Yawkey Way.
Yawkey's Red Sox once considered Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays, two Black Hall of Famers, but passed on signing either. By signing Pumpsie Green in 1959, Boston became the last major league team to put a Black player on its roster.
Red Sox President Sam Kennedy told the Associated Press, "When we got here in 2002, one of the first things (Henry) did was acknowledge the shameful past in terms of race relations and inclusion."
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Silverman proves that with liberals, racist money talks and racist symbols walk, writing: "An inescapable, significant and enduring part of the Yawkey legacy is a racist one, and Yawkey — a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame — oversaw the 12-season stretch from 1947-58, in which the Red Sox watched every other team in Major League Baseball integrate before they became the last club to do so in 1959. That residue will not disappear when Yawkey Way is renamed, but it also does not need to diminish the positive impact the Yawkey Trust, funded primarily by the $700 million sale of the team when Henry came aboard, still makes today for multiple worthy causes in Boston and New England."
This could be the just the start of racial cleansing in Boston, because Silverman says if Yawkey Way goes, the nearby Yawkey Station could also get renamed. In fact, the state legislature is already working on a bill to do that. It's probably a good thing the Red Sox never won a World Series in Yawkey's time, or the liberal crazies might seek to expunge any championships from the record. "We apologize for winning that World Series in 1937," or so it would go.
Boston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan is praising Henry for his "bold leadership" in seeking the change. Kennedy said, "I’m very, very proud to work for an ownership group that is committed to creating an inclusive environment for the fans, the players and the employees.” That "leadership,'' though, has taken 15 years to emerge -- when similar racial cleansing is all the rage across America now. One more sheep just got in line.
Within the past year, under Henry's "leadership," two Black players have reported racism is alive and well in Fenway Park. Pitcher David Price said he received racial taunts at the stadium last year. This spring Baltimore's Adam Jones said fans hurled racial slurs and a bag of peanuts at him. Red Sox management ejected several fans from the ballpark, apologized to Jones and vowed to make the ballpark a safe haven from racism.
But as Silverman asserts, "The climate often remained chilly and hostile to players of color" playing at Fenway.
Nick O'Malley, a writer for MassLive, is already running possible new names up the flagpole. Among his suggestions are to rename the Way after Ted Williams or David Ortiz, two great former Bosox stars.
Yawkey was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1980. It remains to be seen if the ethnic cleansers will eventually set up shop there and review the racial attitudes of its dead and living members.