Boston Police Apologize For Honoring White Man For Black History Month

A since-deleted Boston Police Department tweet

Police officials posted another Black History Monday tribute honoring the 's first black coach and former Celtics star.

Trump said, "This vision of freedom, equality and dignity lives in the heart of every American patriot and, just like so many African Americans throughout our history who have struggled and sacrificed for freedom, we must do our part to make that vision real for every single American".

"In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth we pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league's 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966".

- Dred Scott (@mikebrickley) February 12, 2018White men patting a white man on the back for being kind to blacks.during Black History Month.

The Boston Police department was in hot water Monday when their tweet honoring Red Auerbach during Black History Month did not go over well.

The tweet, accompanied by a photograph of a statue to Auerbach at Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace, was deleted less than an hour after it was posted.

"Is this a joke?" another asked.

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One user called the tweet "tone-deaf", while another called it a "swing and a miss".

The police force has been criticized in the past for being disproportionately white compared to Boston's population, though the department says it is trying to increase its diversity.

Boston Police later apologized for the Auerbach tweet, saying, "Our intentions were never to offend".

Cedric Maxwell, whose number hangs in the rafters at TD Garden, said there was no need to be offended by the tweet.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh also condemned the tweet.

Melania Trump helped her husband celebrate Black History Month Tuesday.

"John Brown is a great abolitionist who fought against slavery at the time".

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