McCaffrey said the banner appeared after the top of the fourth inning. The group who held the banner said it was surprised that some people thought it was promoting racism, as the intended message was the exact opposite.
Fenway security ejected four people affiliated with the stunt from the stadium. We have the benefit of working in such a multicultural, multiethnic group, it's reflected in our clubhouse and there's so many good things that come from that.
There was a spattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced the fans to remove it and escorted them from their seats. The Sox say in a statement that was because they violated "the club's policy prohibiting signs of any kind to be hung or affixed to the ballpark". "But in terms of the messaging and what was felt, I don't know if we know the group that might have been behind it".
The Red Sox, earlier this season, had to address another accusation about race when Orioles center fielder Adam Jones claimed at a May 1 game he was subject to racial slurs and was hit with peanuts during the game. The fifth left on their own volition.
The fans in a prepared statement said they were white anti-racist protestors, and wanted to remind everyone just as the game of baseball is a part of American culture and history, racism is as well.
The banner comes as conversations on race continue to dominate the national political climate after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. last month that left one person dead.
In August, Red Sox team owner John Henry said the team would lobby Boston authorities to change the name of Yawkey Way, the street on which the ballpark sits.
The protester added that the decision to stage the demonstration at a Red Sox game that was nationally televised was to have a platform that could reach the most possible people.