After I watched the Canadiens/Bruins last night, I felt angry, disappointed, and saddened. Not because the Bruins lost, but because of all the hatred against Canadians’ defenseman P.K. Subban.
Subban, scored in the game-winning goal in the second overtime period to give Montreal a 4-3 victory over Boston in game one of their best of seven series. Some of the racist comments on Twitter after the game were shocking to say the least.
Some of the other comments I saw on Twitter were:
“F*** YOU N***** SUBBAN YOU BELONG IN A F****** HOLE NOT AN ICE RINK
– PK Subban = F****** N*****
– F*** PK Subban. F****** n*****. Wish he got sold” your mother should have swallowed you
– Someone needs to smack PK Subban across his big n***** lips. #scumbag
– N***** trending in Boston- #NHL another sport with issues”
You would think Subban would receive better treatment in a city that welcomed Willie O’Ree as the first-ever black NHL player, but that certainly wasn’t the case. I thought fans would have shown more classed after the Joel Ward racist comments on Twitter two years ago or even the Donald Sterling comments last week, but I guess that was too much to ask for.
First let me just say that I hope people don’t think these comments represent the view of most Bostonians. These actions only represent a minority of people in Massachusetts. Don’t let a few idiots dictate your view on a city.
That fact that these terms are still being use baffles me. I understand a lot of blacks don’t play hockey, but racism has no place on Twitter or anywhere else. The people who tweet about Subban and other black players like Wayne Simmonds only do it because they are hiding behind a computer screen. If they were out in public or faced consequences for their actions, they wouldn’t say a word.
Racism is everywhere ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t matter if you’re in New York City, Miami, Wytheville, LA, Charlotte, there’s going to be racist people everywhere. Boston is no different than any other major city in the United States.
What I find strange is the same people who said these racist comments towards Subban, are probably the same people who cheered David Ortiz during the World Series last year. I don’t see these same comments from people on Twitter during football, baseball and basketball games. But when a black player scores a game-winning goal in hockey, some people decided to discriminate against them.
Next time you see a Bruin fan post a racist comment, just show them this photo:
This is Malcolm Subban, P.K.’s younger brother. He plays for the Boston Bruins development team in Providence R.I. I bet many of those fans weren’t aware of Malcolm Subban being in the Bruins organization.
Just when people believe we are moving towards the end of racism, someone like Sterling and others always manage to say something ignorant and stupid. In the 1980s, it was Al Campanis, who went on Nightline and said blacks did not have the “necessities” to manage in major league baseball. In the 2000s, it was Radio personality Don Imus calling the women basketball players of Rutgers University “nappy-headed hos.”
Racism is very much alive and well people. As a black male, I encounter it every day, and sadly it isn’t going away anytime soon. Don’t generalize the city of Boston because of a few dumbasses.