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Boston Police Department criticized for Black History Month tweet

14 February 2018

The Boston Police Department is facing some criticism after its official Twitter account honored a white man for Black History Month in a now-deleted tweet.

The Boston Police Department cemented the city's racist reputation with an insulting-but not surprising-tweet on Sunday night that brought quick condemnation.

The original tweet, which has since been deleted honored Auerbach for being the first National Basketball Association coach to draft a African-American player, play an all African-American starting lineup and fire the league's first African-American head coach. But there's a problem: Auerbach was not black.

Twitter uses were quick to jump onto the police department, calling the original post tone deaf, ignorant and lacking in knowledge about black history involving black people. However, the tweet celebrated the accomplishments of former Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, who was white.

Boston 25 News reached out to the Boston Police Department for comment, but have not yet head back. "Our intentions were never to offend". Russell played center for the Celtics and who later became first African-American head coach of any major American sport. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok", he tweeted.

Several tweets also called for the department to apologize for the post.

Boston Police Department criticized for Black History Month tweet