BPD takes down Auerbach Black History Month tweet

Boston Celtics president and former coach Red Auerbach receives a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Sports Museum in 2003

Boston Celtics president and former coach Red Auerbach receives a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Sports Museum in 2003

A Boston police cruiser.

Boston police are facing heavy criticism online for a now-deleted tweet for Black History Month that celebrated a white man. The department said in the tweet it was paying tribute to Auerbach for being the first National Basketball Association coach to draft a African-American player, play an all African-American starting lineup and hire the league's first African-American head coach.

It may not surprise you to learn that this gave rise to a backlash to the backlash from those who believe the department should have left the Auerbach tweet up.

Several Twitter users responded by calling the post "tone-deaf" and "clueless". "So we already have the shortest month and now this", Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night.

The department deleted the above tweet shortly after posting and made a decision to honor Bill Russell[autotag] instead. The department's account later posted another tweet that night honoring Bill Russell, the first African-American head coach in the National Basketball Association.

Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.

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