'Racism is as American as baseball' banner removed from Fenway Park

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He added that the group had been responding to the long history of white supremacy and racism across the USA that is continuing to pervade all aspects of today's American culture.

The banner was unfurled in the fourth inning in an American League game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox just above an advertisement for Foxwoods Casino.

"We are a group of white anti-racist protesters", said the group.

The banner comes as conversations on race continue to dominate the national political climate after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last month that left one person dead.

The sign remained visible for approximately two minutes before security personnel removed both the sign and four people - two men and two women, all roughly between the ages of 25 and 30 - from Fenway Park.

The demonstrators, however, were adamant that they were not affiliated with any Antifa groups.

One of the members of the group, who responded to The Post via email on condition of anonymity, said the group had five members.

"The banner came in response to the racist comments at the beginning of the season at Fenway", the unnamed banner owner told CSNNE.

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".

This is not the first time Fenway Park and racism have been in the spotlight.

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.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy told The Boston Globe that the fans "felt connected to the Black Lives Matter movement".

The protester added that the decision to stage the demonstration at a Red Sox game that was nationally televised was to have a platform that could reach the most possible people.

More recently, the poor racial history of the Red Sox - specifically late former owner Tom Yawkey - resurfaced when current owner John Henry made his desire to rename Yawkey Way known.

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