It seems no matter what Cam Neely says, the Boston Bruins and their fan base have an issue with racist remarks coming from people on Twitter. After P.K. Subban scored the game winner in the second overtime, “Bruins Fans” took to Twitter and began using racist remarks, slurs and threats against Subban.
Now this doesn’t condone the actions done by those fans, and really there is nothing that Neely and the Bruins can do. It’s just a sad fact that racism still exists in this world and that people who are on Twitter happen to be dumb—more on this story at 11 i.e. water is wet and the sky is still above us.
What we as fans, media and NHL members can do, is prevent the stories on this. Don’t give them the attention they crave because honestly they don’t deserve it. Subban is more than a hockey player, he is a human being and it sucks that someone decides to hop on social media and spout off disgusting words or inappropriate actions because they think they are an “internet tough guy.”
This is a story but it’s fuel to a fire which doesn’t need to burn. The real story last night was that the Montreal Canadiens have won five straight in the playoffs right now and went toe-toe with the best team in the Eastern Conference—the Boston Bruins.
Those are the headlines that need the focus, not some ignorant person who doesn’t think about what they say or even worse–someone who doesn’t care. They don’t represent the hockey community or the city of Boston, no matter what sweater they wear or tattoo they have on their arms. For those who think that it’s the norm in Boston, well shame on you.
Sometimes not reporting on the negative empowers the cause against something like racist remarks on social media. It does nothing except paint a picture with a very wide brush that the city of Boston, when a black player scores and beats their team, is a bunch of racists who have no class or culture and that isn’t correct nor fair to the thousands of people who aren’t ignorant and spouting off on social media.
That’s where this issue becomes more than a localized because it builds a stereotype on a city when in reality it’s only a few members of said city.
Again, not condoning the actions of the people who said those terrible things after the Habs beat the Bruins in Game one. But reporting on how awful people were on Twitter didn’t change anything in 2012 when Joel Ward beat the Bruins in overtime, so why do it again with Subban? It isn’t proactive, it’s not changing anything in a positive way so all.
It doesn’t shame them in a public forum, they used a public forum to write these things remember? So what purpose does it serve except to cause a level of outrage and showcase people who don’t represent the hockey community in any fashion.
Obviously, these aren’t real fans because if they were they would realize that Jarome Iginla isn’t white or for that matter Malcolm Subban, who is Subban’s brother, is drafted by the Bruins. Really, that’s the level of ignorance that the media is giving a voice and story for by posting these things. Pretty sure, as soon as the buzzer lit in Boston, the media flocked to Twitter and searched Subban’s name and some choice words.
These people will keep coming back and doing this because it causes outrage and instead of getting outrage ignore it. Don’t feed the monster and it will starve.
Take back your community hockey fans and media by ostracizing these supposed hockey fans, don’t give them a voice in your community and don’t give their words a medium to be some representation of your community because they aren’t.
There was a more important story last night then some people looking to troll everyone. The Canadiens are one up on the Bruins and Tuuka Rask didn’t play well at all. Let’s focus on the hockey being played as it was really good and highly entertaining.