Every Monday, the Reverends Emmett Price and Irene Monroe join Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for Open Mic on Boston Public Radio. This past Monday, Price and Monroe discussed racist tweets directed at a black hockey player following a Bruins loss.
Emmett Price is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University. Price is the author of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide. Irene Monroe is a syndicated religion columnist who writes for Huffington Post and Bay Windows.
Last week it was Donald Sterling. This week it’s racist tweets by Bruins fans directed at the Montreal Canadiens’ P.K. Subban. What do you make of this?
IRENE MONROE: A lot of folks feel that hockey should remain all white. [Subban] is this guy who takes the win for the team. We like to think that Donald Sterling is of a particular generation. He’s in his eighties, we can say, Oh, that’s a throwback to the ’60s and ’70s. But racism always shows its face, even in future generations of folks.
EMMETT PRICE: It was sickening, on so many different levels. One, the racism is absolutely sickening, but the fact that the Boston Bruins [were] the first team that had the first black player in the NHL — these are not true hockey fans! They don’t know the legacy of the Boston Bruins. Subban’s younger brother is actually in the Bruins organization as a goaltender on one of the development teams. It’s just one of these moments where folks aren’t thinking, and maybe the way they (…) feel comes up without a filter.
Revs. Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III discuss Twitter racism on BPR