By: Evan Singleton
Adam Jones has come out and said that he was the target of racism in his last game here in Boston. Well, I originally questioned the entire situation. Was he lying? Telling the truth? What happened? How do we know the exacts? Then I started to really think about it. Is Boston, my home, a racist city?
So let me get this out there. No, I do not think Boston is racist...as a whole. Sure there is so many historical examples both with Boston in general and with the sport-representatives. However, I do not think that the actions of individuals represent an entire city. If someone murders someone in Boston, does it mean Boston is a murdering city? Or all Bostonians are murders? No.
However, it does not mean it is not present, or that it is not true. I believe what Adam Jones is saying. I actually believe every word he has said. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts are coming out and, in a sense, sticking up for him. None of the above are arguing that he made it up. Meaning, to me, that they've seen or heard it a time or two before. Again, not classifying the entire city of Boston.
So believing Adam Jones and deciding whether or not Boston is racist are two completely separate issues. They are not one in the same. He CAN be telling the truth and Boston CANT be racist at the same time. If that makes sense...
Anyways, there is no chance that Adam Jones is lying, in my mind. There have been other big-leaguers coming out and saying that they have experienced similar things in the past at Fenway. So, that part of the story I get.
What I don't like is the media twisting this and just throwing an over-arching categorization about Boston out there. It is not a racist city. It is simply a city. A location where a lot of people live and work. MEANING, there is a higher chance of a possible racist individual in the crowd.
Don't let one fan out of the tens of thousands that attend a game dictate whether or not you think Boston is a racist city.