Good Afternoon, CelticsBlog.
These posts / thoughts are for greece666, Celtics4ever and anyone else with a different POV about Ms. Jemele Hill -
I suggest folks READ this article. While it doesn't have ANY comments from him specifically WHY he chose to do some things the way he did it should provoke some thought:https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2017/10/07/why-was-boston-garden-nearly-empty-when-bill-russell-number-was-retired/f2hGuHb1tEJiirpOOBeqcP/story.html
When Bill had his private "number retirement" ceremony why did he choose to make it private? This was 1972...I was only 3 years old then.
This man suffered a LOT during his time in BOS - for "US" fans to NOW brag about his championships to Laker Fans and rub it in their faces continuously.
Some of YOU ALL choose to IGNORE this.....OR perhaps you've buried your heads (and souls) in the sand.
Perhaps "THIS" was what my fellow African American classmates in high school talked about - during the 80s. Their "ribbing" of me was mostly pleasant and joking but it was serious enough for them to TRULY WONDER -
"Man, how can YOU (a Black Man) like BOSTON?"
This thought was SERIOUS enough to even NOW take to heart. ALL of my classmates were smart, thoughtful and clearly expressed their POV about reality as they saw it back then.
I won't go into specifics about me becoming a Celtics Fan in 1981 because - frankly - I've already discussed that on here Ad Infinitum.
But there is something to be said about the commentary THEN - as it is NOW. Why a fanbase can be so seemingly unforgiving to Ms Jemele Hill about an ignorant comment she said WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY back in 2008?
Some of you act like BOS was NEVER racist. Act like it's NOT racist NOW - which is FOOLISH. Ignorance and bigotry resides EVERYWHERE, not just BOSTON.
But let's not EXCLUDE BOS.
Finally - here is yet ANOTHER POV article from SEVERAL folks.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/05/03/a-flea-market-of-racism-black-athletes-on-playing-in-boston-over-the-years/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a32307e7ea0e