Tito Jackson joins K&C to discuss Black History Month tweet from Boston Police Department

Lucy Burdge
February 13, 2018 - 1:28 pm

Boston Mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Tito Jackson called into K&C on Tuesday to discuss the controversial tweet from the Boston Police Department on Monday honoring Red Auerbach during Black History Month.

The tweet was deleted after outcry over the department honoring a white person during this month.

“We in Boston acknowledge (Auerbach’s) choosing of the first black player, starting the first black five to start the game. And we have a statue,” Jackson said. “I guess the issue here is Black History Month is a month where we can celebrate, in particular, untold stories about the history of black people, in the United States and beyond, who have had to overcome struggles.”

Gerry Callahan argued Auerbach is an important figure because he was the first NBA coach to draft a black player, start five black players and hired the first black coach. He brought up Cedric Maxwell’s response to the BPD tweet, which was, “This is called Black History Month, not black people’s month. Red Auerbach advanced the cause.”

Jackson responded by saying most people know who Auerbach was but few know who the first black player was. He argued honoring the first black police officer in Boston would have been a better choice.

“It’s about the the struggles and the achievements of black people in the United States,” Jackson said of the month. “Acknowledging people like Red Auerbach … I believe after we’ve acknowledged a bunch of folks whose names have never been said on the airwaves like the one that we have, we can have that conversation.”

“How did this happen?,” Jackson said of the tweet. “You have an organization that has nearly 2,500 people and they don’t plan out their tweets?”

Jackson responded to the BPD tweet on Twitter, saying “only in Boston” would this happen.

When questioned about that statement, Jackson said, “Show me where it’s happened.”

The BPD apologized on Monday for the post in another tweet: “BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that. Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.”

K&C - Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called in to discuss the uproar over the BPD's Red Auerbach tweet 2-13-18

Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called in to discuss the uproar over the BPD's Red Auerbach tweet during Black History Month. 

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