Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

The Boston Police Department is facing intense backlash from Twitter users after they honored a white man in a post meant to celebrate Black History Month.

The tweet, which was deleted less than an hour after it went up Sunday night, was posted on the department's official account "in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth".

The clean-up effort included an apology to those offended. However, the tweet celebrated the accomplishments of former Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, who was white. While Auerbach is white, the department chose to honor him because he was the first National Basketball Association coach to draft an African-American player, play an all African-American starting lineup, and hiring the first African-American head coach.

Twitter users quickly jumped on the police department, calling the tweet irresponsible and tone deaf.

Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.

Boston 25 News reached out to Boston Police, but they declined to comment.

"BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that", the tweet read.