Bruins denounce Twitter Hate
According to USA Today, the Boston Bruins organization quickly moved to denounce the racist tweets that surfaced in 2014 when Canadien PK Subban scored a winning goal against the black and gold in overtime.
In a statement, Bruins President Cam Neely said, “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,”
Twitter is, I feel, a wonderful medium. But it also has a capacity for speedy publication of half-thoughts. It seems, sometimes, to be a nearly perfect medium for rapid fire hate speech. What, if anything, could be done? How could something such as this incident be prevented in the future?
Subban was targeted for his race. Certainly Bruins fans were angry about their team’s unsatisfactory outcome. Yet the response was absolutely and completely out of proportion to the offence. In fact, it was thoroughly misplaced. Disappointed sports fans of course have the freedom to speak their minds. There is really no law or rule against becoming emotional, or even incensed. Many, many sports fans have perhaps overly deep emotional investments in their beloved teams. But this was different. In this instance, Subban was set apart, isolated, and attacked for not the color of his jersey, no. Instead, Subban was the subject of Twitter fury due to the color of his skin.
What did Martin Luther King say? That he had a dream that, someday, his children would be judged, not for the color of their skin, but for the content of their character. Unfortunately, that day is not quite here yet, it seems.
What do YOU think?