The day after the Bruins were eliminated, the Globe did not have a single picture of Joel Ward, the hero for the Capitols who scored the series winning goal in overtime. It would have been a great opportunity to change people’s racist prejudices that Black people don’t play hockey. A single picture of Ward’s smiling face as he was embraced by his joyful teammates would have been worth a thousand words, silently opening up people’s minds and opportunities for African-American kids, who might feel that hockey was off-limits to them.
But today, they had a giant front page story accompanied by a picture that looks more like a violent melee than the joyful celebration is actually is, and in which you can barely discern that Ward is black and handsome and the hero, accompanied by the headline “A SEASON ENDING GOAL SPURS A BARRAGE OF HATE.” Apparently they want black youth to feel that hockey is still off-limits to them, and hockey fans are racists. Posts on Twitter do not need to be front page news, anyone can say dumb things on Twitter and they do, especially after emotionally devastating season-ending games. But posts on Twitter can become news when the news wants to exploit racism to “rekindle discussion” and goad everyone into “re-establish their conviction that racism has no place in sports, civic life, or for that matter social media.” They end their editorial by saying that “neither the Bruins, the league, or the city of Boston have anything to apologize for’ but I think the Globe has something to apologize for. They should have shown Joel Ward’s joyful smile as he was embraced by his teammates on the front page yesterday, and taken the opportunity to inspire people and uplift people, and ignored the ugliness that no one would have noticed on Twitter.