John Henry Wants To Change Name Of Racist Tom Yawkey Way Even Though Fenway Group Looks Like A White Nationalist Rally
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ESPN: Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has wanted the city to change the name of Yawkey Way for a while, and the current political climate might provide the right timing. Henry told the Boston Herald that he is “haunted” by the racist legacy of previous owner Tom Yawkey, who led the team from 1933 to 1976. Although Yawkey is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, he also owned the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate — 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Even after integrating, Boston was known as an uncomfortable place for players of color to play.
“I discussed this a number of times with the previous mayoral administration and they did not want to open what they saw as a can of worms,” Henry told the Herald in an email. “There are a number of buildings and institutions that bear the same name. The sale of the Red Sox by John Harrington helped to fund a number of very good works in the city done by the Yawkey Foundation (we had no control over where any monies were spent). The Yawkey Foundation has done a lot of great things over the years that have nothing to do with our history.”
On Thursday, a spokesperson for current Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told the Boston Herald that the mayor is supportive of renaming Yawkey Way.
Henry said he’d like to rename the street that runs alongside the ballpark “David Ortiz Way” or “Big Papi Way,” after the retired Red Sox slugger, but Henry doesn’t run the process.
“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets,” Henry said to the Herald. “But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully.
“The Red Sox Foundation and other organizations the Sox created such as Home Base have accomplished a lot over the last 15 years, but I am still haunted by what went on here a long time before we arrived.”
Oh look – more white people trying to fix a problem that people of color never asked them to fix. Renaming a street in Boston should help fix racism though. I mean, the guy is a bigot by modern day standards. And we should only judge historical figures by modern day standards. For instance, most Americans agree that gay people should be allowed to get married. Anyone who disagrees is a bigot. A hundred years from it will probably be 95% of Americans who are OK with it. They’ll look back and say, “Man, people sure were homophobic bigots back then. We should erase that part of history by getting rid of monuments and memorials that celebrate anyone who ever opposed gay marriage.”
So if you EVER were against gay marriage, you should get lumped in with those people. Anyone know anyone who was ever a vocal opponent of gay marriage?
Guess this means we can’t build any monuments to Barrack Obama or Hillary Clinton, right? I mean, they’re bigots. They stood in the way of progress. Sure, they came around when Modern Family became a hit TV show and Macklemore won a Grammy, but it was easy to do it then. Plus, the Red Sox eventually came around and integrated too. But we can only judge people based on what they did at their worst. And ALWAYS judge them from a modern day perspective. Always.
Anyway, since John Henry is so progressive and is “haunted” by Boston’s past of non-integration with the Red Sox, I’m sure he’s made sure that diversifying Fenway Sports Management and the Fenway Group have been priorities of his, right? Let’s take a look at what upper management looks like:
No, this isn’t a J Crew commercial. It’s the people who are trying to change the name of a street because the man it’s named after didn’t integrate fast enough. Seriously, we went through every name listed on the Fenway Group and the entire Fenway Sports Management pages and this is what we found:
Looks like a white nationalist rally. Not a black or brown person in sight. And this guy looks like he should own a billion dollar cigarette company:
But remember, John Henry wants to change the name of this street because the Red Sox are all about diversity:
But for me, personally, the street name has always been a consistent reminder that it is our job to ensure the Red Sox are not just multi-cultural, but stand for as many of the right things in our community as we can — particularly in our African-American community and in the Dominican community that has embraced us so fully.
Translation – some of our best players are either black or speak Spanish. That counts as diversity right? We integrated our talent on the field because the black and brown guys we brought in are actually really good. So we use them to make us more money. We’re the good guys, right?
Of course it’s easy to integrate your baseball team when you have more money than anyone else and can afford to pay for the best players money can buy. They didn’t sign Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Pokey Reese because they wanted more diversity. They did it because those guys were the best players money could buy. Especially Pokey!
Meanwhile John Henry’s trophy wife is bragging about it while tweeting out links to her husband’s competitor:
John Henry says Red Sox will lead effort to change name of Yawkey Way | Boston Herald https://t.co/Ys8rMNaIix
— Linda Pizzuti Henry (@Linda_Pizzuti) August 17, 2017
First of all Linda, you have sex with a withered old man for money.
If he were not a billionaire then you would not have had sex with him, never mind married him. No one believes you are in love. Everyone knows that the only reason you and junior smokeshows like youreself marry people like John Henry, is for money. You’re basically the most expensive prostitute on earth. And no one cares what you think about anything.
Secondly, your husband owns the Globe. Probably shouldn’t be tweeting out Boston Herald links when your own newspaper also wrote a story about this.
Thirdly, where have you guys been the last 15 years? I mean, he’s owned the team for a long time. But all of a sudden he decided to make it an issue because tearing down statues has become all the rage? Very progressive of you guys.
The Red Sox have become a disgusting PC organization that only cares about selling bricks and singing Sweet Caroline. This is why Patriots are king in this town. Because their ownership completely rejects this bullshit and only cares about winning.
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