The Boston Police Department is dealing with backlash after tweeting out a Black History Month tribute to legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach, who is white

The tweet honored Auerbach for "being the 1st NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league's 1st African-American coach (Bill Russell) in 1966"  It was up for less than an hour before it was taken down

Boston PD apologized in a later tweet, saying "Our intentions were never to offend"

Does Boston PD deserve the flak?  Or is too much being made of this?  Is it appropriate to honor a white man for Black History Month, even if they played a role in helping integrate the NBA?