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The Lazy, Racist Depiction of Boston, Thanks to a Despicable Handful

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Because when it’s Boston, it’s just somehow easier.

People want to generalize all Boston Bruins fans as racist because of a few morons? OK, let's have fun with that easy, lazy story line. I’ll direct the evening news and have the anchors read the story with grave concern and a judgmental, but ever so slight, shake of the head. Maybe even an “it’s a shame” before we get to who George Clooney is shacking up with this week.

It was inevitable. Once P.K. Subban – who is black, and a Canadian – scored the winning goal for the Canadiens Thursday night in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins, you had to be in Lollipop Gumdrop Land (or a Sunshine Daydream Patriots media member) to be naïve enough not to understand that some hate would be on its way. And wouldn’t you know, there were a number of racist tweets as a result of Subban’s second power play goal of the evening -- if you thought enough to seek them out this morning, you’ve seen them. They came from a select few. There are some bad people in the world. Did the fashion show Eye-Opener break that news for you today, too?

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Why? You know why.

It’s Boston.

Because of its deplorable history concerning the matter, the media will always collectively knee-jerk to a “Racism in the Hub” angle faster than you can say Washington Redskins. I’ll fully admit that I’ll never know to what roots prejudice may continue to run in the city, in New England for that matter, but I absolutely understand my right to defend my city when it’s a select few being portrayed as the majority for the sake of clicks, ratings, and fodder for talk radio. Hey, everybody. Grab a mat. It’s time for "Super Happy Fun Time with Generalizations".

Cue the audience: “Racist Boston. Same as always.”

Two years after Joel Ward ended the Bruins’ playoff hopes in 2012 – resulting in another roll call of racist mentions – here we are again. Except this time, we’re only just past Game 1, not Game 7, and the series is going to have to now revolve around the cretins who we, as the media, have given traction. Egads, the subject was such a prevalent topic after Friday’s morning skate (Mr. Chara, are you aware there are evil people in the world and they may wear a Bruins sweatshirt? Care to comment?) that the Bruins felt compelled to actually release a statement on the matter, lest the organization be lumped in with not denouncing the behavior of .00000000011 percent of its fan base.

"The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday's game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization," Bruins president Cam Neely said. There’s no verification that the original draft of the statement contained a postscript of “No $#&#.”

According to one person tweeting north of the border last night, a racial epithet for Subban was trending in Boston after the game. It wasn’t. The whole deal might not have even been a story line this morning if many on social media avenues didn’t feel the need to have to defend themselves from delving into a bleepstorm others created. Then, the Bruins went and addressed it thanks to the audible “tsk tsking” from the media corps on hand at the skate. To not address it would be to show they didn’t care. Unfortunately, acknowledging that there are idiots in the world gave the story traction.

Oh, and just in case you want to lump in Boston’s relentless booing of Subban as another example of its blatant racist behavior, here’s a little nugget for your story; the fans don’t boo him because he’s black. They boo him because he is freaking awesome.

Well, I mean, the majority do, I assume. I dunno, maybe I ought not to make such a general statement on a topic so sensitive.

If only the drooling piranhas out there could do the same when it comes to something like racism.

You can hate Boston because we’re obnoxious. Hate us because we’re allegedly racist? Let your city, town, or church picnic toss the first stone and see if it doesn’t hit one of two of your own on the way through the air. That might take a new story line though, and we know how difficult that can be to create. Ask ESPN (since they ignored the Donald Sterling story well into Saturday) how hard it can be. Here? Might as well have broke into the afternoon stories 10 minutes ago.

In Boston? It’s easy. And the response is just as pathetic.


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