Should the Red Sox re-name Yawkey Way?
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Yes 34%203 
No 66%390 
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 Posted by GerryP  August 20, 2017 at 9:49 amFrom 98.167.45.x  Report Abuse 
 
My entire childhood and young adult life I supported mediocre teams while being in awe of Mays, McCovey, Banks and other black ballplayers performing magic on the field. Tom Yawkey's racism robbed me and the great fans of Boston of the teams they deserved. Rename it Williams Way after a great player and brave pilot in two wars.
 Posted by GerryP  August 20, 2017 at 9:47 amFrom 98.167.45.x  Report Abuse 
 
My entire childhood and young adult life I supported mediocre teams while being in awe of Mays, McCovey, Banks and other black ballplayers performing magic on the field. Tom Yawkey's racism robbed me and the great fans of Boston of the teams they deserved. Rename it Williams Way after a great player and brave pilot in two wars.
 Posted by Al  August 20, 2017 at 5:54 amFrom 72.215.216.x  Report Abuse 
 
If we are erasing history, please do something about my credit rating.
     Posted by anonyMoose in reply to Al  August 20, 2017 at 6:00 amFrom 24.218.249.x  Report Abuse 
     
    Good lord, people are thick. It's not "erasing" anything. They're not stripping mention of his name from museums or the internet or books. No. All this is is saying that we shouldn't honor people who were inveterate racists. That shouldn't be controversial, and – amongst people who aren't racists, anyway – it isn't.

    By removing names like Yawkey and statutes to slaveholding traitors, we aren't erasing anything; we're just saying that our modern society shouldn't be looking to these people as role models. We want to learn more about them; in fact, I don't know a single person calling for the removal of statutes or the change of Yawkey Way's name who doesn't ALSO want MORE education about slavery or the Civil War or our history with race. Far from erasing history, it's about talking more openly about it. But it's also saying that people should not be asked to venerate the men who held their ancestors in chains – or the man who excluded everyone of their skin color from a sport.
 Posted by Paul  August 19, 2017 at 12:01 pmFrom 68.71.172.x  Report Abuse 
 
Henry is an idiot !
 Posted by David S  August 19, 2017 at 7:50 amFrom 196.52.39.x  Report Abuse 
 
This is less about rewriting a racist past and much more about celebrating a "largely" non-racist present. More than that, it is about players of color feeling they are welcome here now. Yawkey has more than had his day. Move on.
 Posted by Hank  August 19, 2017 at 7:31 amFrom 24.61.223.x  Report Abuse 
 
Sounds like Communist China or Nazi Germany. If you don't like history, rewrite it. Why not acknowledge past mistakes and learn from them instead?
     Posted by anonyMoose in reply to Hank  August 20, 2017 at 5:56 amFrom 24.218.249.x  Report Abuse 
     
    This. Is. Not. Rewriting. Anything.

    Rewriting history would be if they stripped mention of Yawkey from textbooks or from museums. That is not the idea. The idea here is to not venerate people who were really quite awful. That's not rewriting history, it's just saying that we should be selective about who we old up as paragons of excellence.
     Posted by Joeyd in reply to Hank  August 19, 2017 at 8:16 amFrom 68.191.76.x  Report Abuse 
     
    I couldn't agree more. No one is perfect. Tom Yawkey did so much for this city and his "Foundation" (following his personal charity examples) continues to do so much for so many, regardless of color or status.
 Posted by Sab  August 19, 2017 at 7:23 amFrom 72.184.75.x  Report Abuse 
 
John Henry has no problem hanging a huge banner over the street to welcome fans to Yawkey Way. If he is so offended by this wouldn't you think this is the first thing he would change.

 Posted by JM Semple  August 19, 2017 at 6:53 amFrom 72.227.75.x  Report Abuse 
 
The Yawkeys may not have always been politcally correct but it is history. We cannot change history but we can learn and change because if it. We are what we are because if it, Boston Strong
     Posted by anonyMoose in reply to JM Semple  August 20, 2017 at 5:55 amFrom 24.218.249.x  Report Abuse 
     
    It's not "changing history." C'mon. It's deciding what is and is not appropriate for a modern organization to venerate. Changing history would be if it were expunged from museums and books. That's not being suggested by anyone. What's on the table is whether or not to venerate an incredibly racist man whose legacy continues to harm the Red Sox with many people.
 Posted by Phil  August 19, 2017 at 6:33 amFrom 24.250.46.x  Report Abuse 
 
Get over it already
 Posted by Art  August 19, 2017 at 5:57 amFrom 45.47.92.x  Report Abuse 
 
Leave it the way it is ,Mr Yawkey did a lot for the Red Sox and a lot for the people of Boston and the communities around .
     Posted by Joeyd in reply to Art  August 19, 2017 at 8:23 amFrom 68.191.76.x  Report Abuse 
     
    Absolutely! Mr. Henry is way out of line here. If we have a "beef" about someone from the past, do we remove them from our world - no matter how much they positively contributed to our past? I think not.
 Posted by Gerard  August 19, 2017 at 5:30 amFrom 45.50.51.x  Report Abuse 
 
Naming it after David Ortiz makes more sense. It's the players that make the franchise. If they remove the Yawkey name does this start a trend to remove Ty Cobb, Enos Slaughter and others in the Hall of Fame? How far will this go? Should it go that far?
 Posted by Jimmy  August 19, 2017 at 5:26 amFrom 76.100.133.x  Report Abuse 
 
I vote not to change the name but if the PC crowd has it's way, name it something memorable such as Dave Roberts or 2004. But only after Yale, Brown and Princeton Universities make name changes too.
 Posted by Ralph  August 18, 2017 at 1:28 pmFrom 71.10.248.x  Report Abuse 
 
If the TROPHY manufacturers would pickup the pace, and get all the crying Democrats their Trophies this would all go away.
 Posted by Dave  August 18, 2017 at 3:56 amFrom 24.151.80.x  Report Abuse 
 
The name Yawkey Way dld not conjure up any racist thoughts in my head.
     Posted by JB in reply to Dave  August 18, 2017 at 5:00 amFrom 107.77.226.x  Report Abuse 
     
    Because you're special Dave. Probably because you never felt the pain of discrimination

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