"The Atlanta Braves received a bevy of angry, racist letters this week after an interview baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron did with USA Today.
A few days ago, Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, told USA Today:
“Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
That set off a firestorm of mail to the Braves, including a letter from someone named Edward. (USA Today only referred to those who sent letters by their first names.) The letter, which included racial epithets, said: “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of s—.”
“The Braves have been besieged by hundreds of letters, e-mails and phone calls deriding Aaron for comments he made to USA TODAY Sports,” the newspaper said. Sportswriter Bob Nightengale continued:
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.The irony is, of course, that *buy(by) showing their ignorance and bigotry they are confirming everything that Aaron said in his interview. "Racism? There is no racism. That is a thing of the past in America you trouble making, Nigger."
Sheer racism, exposed in vile letters directed to Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, have poured into the Atlanta Braves offices over the past week." [Source]
I give Aaron credit; he had to have known that he was going to open Pandora's box by going down this road. Telling the truth about racism is never going to be popular with certain people. My inbox reminds me of that fact every day.
Finally, I rarely do this, but I am going to try and give my right-wing friends some advice:
If you are serious about reaching out to African American, stop treating the same recycled black leaders who have been propped up by the main stream media as our official spokespeople.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stopped being relevant to most black folks years ago. Yet you people on the right just won't let them go as your racial bogeymen.
Unfortunately Don Lemon took the bait, hopefully he learned his lesson.