Bruins fans, argues Boston.com’s Eric Wilbur, “don’t boo (Montreal’s) P.K. Subban because he’s black. They boo him because he’s fucking awesome.” Quite possibly, but he’s also black, and in the wake of Subban scoring the game-winner in Thursday’s night’s Eastern Conference Semi-Finals opener at the TD North Garden, Wilbur’s bummed that resulting racist twitter abuse of Subban isn’t being written off as ravings of sundry anonymous numbskulls. “Because of its deplorable history concerning the matter, the media will always collectively knee-jerk to a ‘Racism in the Hub’ angle faster than you can say Washington Redskins,” contends Wilbur, conveniently ignoring Boston’s own deplorable history.
I’ll fully admit that I’ll never know to what roots prejudice may continue to run in the city, in New England for that matter, but I absolutely understand my right to defend my city when it’s a select few being portrayed as the majority for the sake of clicks, ratings, and fodder for talk radio. Hey, everybody. Grab a mat. It’s time for “Super Happy Fun Time with Generalizations”.
Cue the audience: “Racist Boston. Same as always.”
Two years after Joel Ward ended the Bruins’ playoff hopes in 2012 – resulting in another roll call of racist mentions – here we are again. Except this time, we’re only just past Game 1, not Game 7, and the series is going to have to now revolve around the cretins who we, as the media, have given traction. Egads, the subject was such a prevalent topic after Friday’s morning skate (Mr. Chara, are you aware there are evil people in the world and they may wear a Bruins sweatshirt? Care to comment?) that the Bruins felt compelled to actually release a statement on the matter, lest the organization be lumped in with not denouncing the behavior of .00000000011 percent of its fan base.
According to one person tweeting north of the border last night, a racial epithet for Subban was trending in Boston after the game. It wasn’t. The whole deal might not have even been a story line this morning if many on social media avenues didn’t feel the need to have to defend themselves from delving into a bleepstorm others created. Then, the Bruins went and addressed it thanks to the audible “tsk tsking” from the media corps on hand at the skate. To not address it would be to show they didn’t care. Unfortunately, acknowledging that there are idiots in the world gave the story traction.