A group of protesters was ejected from a baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park after they unraveled a sign reading: "Racism is as American as Baseball."
The group was booed and escorted out of the stadium after the Sept. 13 incident, according to Fox News. The four Boston Red Sox fans said that they had unfurled the sign, which was up for around one at-bat before being taken down, in order to highlight the prevalence of white supremacy.
Another person was reported to be with the group of four, "doing documentation across the stadium."
"We are a group of white anti-racist protesters," said the group. "We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism. White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization."
The protesters did not want to have their names released, and said they were "not associated with any particular organization," although they "do work as organizers in various Boston groups that combat white supremacy and racism."
"We are responding to a long history of racism and white supremacy in the United States that continues to pervade every aspect of American culture today," said one of the protesters. "We deliberately chose a platform in an attempt to reach as many people as possible."
The Red Sox said in a statement that the protesters were escorted out of Fenway Park after displaying the banner.
"During the fourth inning of tonight’s game, four fans unfurled a banner over the left field wall in violation of the club’s policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark," said the statement, according to The Washington Post.
Responding to the news that some had been confused as to whether the message on the sign was for or against racism, one of the protesters said the ambiguity wasn't intentional.
"I guess we should have seen that coming but we also didn’t think of it as an ambiguous message," said the protester, adding, "It's kind of telling that it is being interpreted as one."
In May, Adam Jones, an outfielder for the Orioles, reported that he had been called a racial slur at Fenway Park by Red Sox fans. MLB officials condemned the use of slurs and the Red Sox apologized for the incident.
One of the members of the group that displayed the banner said the previous incident with Jones had inspired the decision to display the sign.
"We see Boston continually priding itself as a kind of liberal, not racist city, and are reminded also constantly that it’s actually an extremely segregated city," said the protester. "It has been for a long time, and that no white people can avoid the history of racism, essentially."