Jun 3, 2020

Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion


Note from President and CEO Sam Kennedy to Red Sox front office

I have been struggling to find the right words to express the profound anguish, outrage and confusion we are all feeling in the wake of the heartbreaking incidents that have occurred across the country over the past few months. The senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are stark reminders that racism and police brutality continue to be pervasive in America.  I am proud of our teammates who peacefully protested yesterday.  Each of you helped shine a spotlight on injustice, and used your voice to advocate for change.  Please know we stand with you.

Over the past few days, I spent time connecting with many of you and listening to your perspectives.  I am so grateful to my teammates who consistently remind me that the Red Sox have an obligation to amplify the voices of those who share our values, but do not share our platform.  Silence in the face of injustice is unacceptable.

Thank you for your support of each other during these challenging times.  Our work continues.


How You Can Help Right Now.


  • How can you support people of color in your community?
  • What are your local politicians’ policies on ending police brutality? 
  • Were you ever taught about race and culture? If not, how can you start to educate yourself? 
  • What is your plan to help end racial discrimination and systematic oppression? 
  • How can you effectively prepare yourself to have progressive conversations with friends, family, colleagues and peers? 
  • How can you be actively anti-racist instead of simply “not-racist?”
  • What do you want to learn more about?



  • Don’t be silent.
  • Register to vote and partake in local, state and national elections.
  • Communicate with your Black friends, family, partners and colleagues to offer support.
  • Learn how you can take action in your own workplace.
    • LinkedIn has made resources for organizations available for free here.
    • YW Boston has built out a comprehensive list of resources to advocate for change in the workplace, here.
  • Don’t place the burden of your racial awareness education on your Black friends.
  • Educate yourself. Read up on what it means to be anti-racist.
  • Don’t center the narrative around you. Identify privilege and condemn it.
  • Be an ally and advocate after the outrage ends.
  • Continue to donate and support initiatives you care about.
  • Message your local representative via email.
  • Support local Black-owned businesses:







  • Text FLOYD to 55-156
  • Text JUSTICE to 66-8336
  • Text ENOUGH to 55-165
  • Text DEMANDS to 55-156
  • Call DA Mike Freeman of Minnesota (617-348-5550) to demand prosecution to:
    • Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087)
    • Tou Thoa (Badge #7162) 
  • Leave a message for Louisville Mayor (502-574-2003) and demand justice for Breonna Taylor
  • #8Can’tWait: Cities that enact these eight use-of-force policies can reduce police violence by 72%. Look up your city and contact your mayor now.
  • How To Support Racial Justice in Massachusetts: A running list of resources in Massachusetts to turn action into real change.
  • Policing Change Toolkit
  • Volunteer an hour of your time from home with the Fueling Justice Coalition, an online activism platform dedicated to the eradication of societal systems that oppress minorities, which empowers volunteers to call on justice and make a change for victims of police brutality and white supremacy.









  • How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)
  • Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coats)
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle (Angela Y. Davis)
  • Black Skin. White Masks. (Frantz Fanon)
  • The End of Policing (Alex S. Vitale)
  • So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements (Hilary Moore and James Tracy)
  • Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine (Emily Bernard)
  • The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (Claudia Rankine)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge)
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Robin DiAngelo)
  • How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)
  • Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? (Mumia Abu-Jamal)
  • Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment (Angela J. Davis)
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (Layla F. Saad)
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stevenson)
  • Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America (Jennifer Harvey)
  • The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
  • Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  • Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race (Debby Irving)
  • YW’s 4th Annual Recommended Reading List: Includes an extensive listing of books around racial and social equity.

*Support Black-Owned Bookstores:

Film and TV Series
  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi) —  Hulu with Live TV
  • 42 (Brian Helgeland) — Available to rent
  • Malcolm X (Spike Lee) — Netflix
  • Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson Jr) — Available to rent
  • 12 Movies to Watch to Educate Yourself About Racism and Protest History, Recommended by Experts (Time)
  • Diary of a Future President — Disney+
  • Coming Together Standing Up to Racism — A CNN Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families
  • Raising Dion — Netflix
  • Mixed-ish — Hulu
  • East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story — PBS
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood — Amazon Prime
  • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan — Amazon Prime
  • Mira, Royal Detective — Disney+
  • Esme & Roy — HBO
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter, 2020) — Now in Theaters & On Demand
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