The left is trying to erase history — even if it’s outside their narrative (like torching a statue of Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves).
Now, it appears Red Sox owner John Henry has succumbed to the pressure, wanting to now rename Yawkey Way due to its allegedly “racist past.” Yawkey Way is an iconic street outside of Fenway Park baseball stadium, named after the the supposedly racist Red Sox manager Tom Yawkey.
New York Post reports:
Henry told the Boston Herald he’s ready to lead the charge for renaming Yawkey Way, the famous street outside Fenway Park, as a renewed light is placed on monuments and their inspirations around the country.
“The Red Sox don’t control the naming or renaming of streets,” Henry told the newspaper. “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.”
Tom Yawkey owned the Red Sox from 1933-76. His franchise was the last in the league to welcome a black player to its roster, a full 12 years after Jackie Robinson first suited up for the Dodgers.
The Yawkey Foundation responded to John Henry’s proposal by insisting that the family’s philanthropy not be associated with the alleged racism of Tom Yawkey. “Jean and Tom Yawkey’s philanthropy has always been color blind.”
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