Fans drape sign about racism at Fenway Park

A banner is unfurled over the left field wall during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Fans in Fenway Park turned away from the baseball diamond Wednesday night as several people unfurled a controversial sign during the Red Sox game against Oakland. The sign had a black background with white letters that read: “Racism is as American as Baseball.”

The banner was draped over the Green Monster for a few minutes during the fourth inning before security forced the fans to remove it and escorted them from their seats.

In a statement to The Washington Post, the fans said they're white anti-racist protesters.

A fan told The Post, "We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism. White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled."

But the anti-racism message wasn't clear to everyone.

“I think it's gonna be one of those things that makes Boston look bad. I really don't know what they meant by it to be totally honest. I guess it's up for interpretation,” a fan said.

It's not the first time this season that racism has been the topic of conversation at Fenway Park. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was called the N-word by Red Sox fans and had peanuts thrown at him during a game at Fenway.

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy said the fans who rolled out the banner are not banned from Fenway for life.

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