MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron recently likened President Obama‘s Republican critics to the KKK in “neckties and starched shirts.” He made this remark in an interview with USA Today, and the paper now reports that the Atlanta Braves have received quite a bit of racist hate mail in response to his remarks.
For example, one of the letters reads “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur).” The censored racial slur is used multiple times in the same piece of mail.
Ironically enough, USA Today‘s report on the racist hate mail was from Tuesday, April 15th, which was Jackie Robinson Day. And they share, sadly, more e-mails the Braves received in response to what Aaron said.
The Braves have been besieged by hundreds of letters, e-mails and phone calls deriding Aaron for comments he made to USA TODAY Sports.
Marion calls Aaron a “racist scumbag.” Ronald won’t attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired. Mark calls Aaron a “classless racist.” David says that he will burn Aaron’s I Had A Hammer autobiography.
USA Today writer Bob Nightengale makes it clear that Aaron never linked mere criticism of President Obama to racist beliefs, nor did he directly compare the GOP to the KKK, he was just making the point that racism still exists in different forms.
[h/t USA Today]
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