Hank Aaron gets a new ton of racist hatemail, proving his point
This isn't from the 1960s. It is from this week.
"Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)'' a man named Edward said in an e-mail to the Braves front office and obtained by USA TODAY Sports. "My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)."Because baseball great Hank Aaron had the audacity to say that racism still exists and things haven't really changed that much over the last few decades. So the racists responded by entirely proving his point and sending a deluge of racist hatemail to the Atlanta Braves.
Now, over at Fox or on Right Wing AM radio you can listen to any number of white people who will totally agree that racism is over and the New Black Panther Party is scary, scary, scary. In reality all it takes to prove that racism is alive and well is for a black man to say that racism still exists.
When Aaron broke the record in 1974 set by Babe Ruth at 715 home runs, he received death threats and was on the receiving end of a torrent of hateful messages. During a recent interview with USA Today on the 40th anniversary of the event, he said he not only said he keeps the messages as a reminder that America still has a ways to go in race relation, but he lambasted Republicans for the way they treat this country's first black president.(More here.)
Those comments have apparently set off a new torrent of hate mail for Aaron, USA Today reports, full of racial epithets and accusations of Aaron himself being a racist.