Aaron comments spark new racist response

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier. It’s a sad day to roll out this report, however.

Hank Aaron told USA Today recently about the hate mail he got while he was pursuing Babe Ruth’s home run record.

“We can talk about baseball. Talk about politics. 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’s earned him a new round of racist letters, USA Today reports today.

“Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)” a man named Edward says in an e-mail to the Braves front office and obtained by USA TODAY Sports.

Edward invokes the epithet five times in four sentences, closing with, “My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur).”

With that, happy Jackie Robinson Day!

  • Dave

    I met Hammerin Hank in 1994 in Eau Claire when a statue of him was dedicated. My days of baseball obsession were over by then, but it was still thrilling. He is a gentle, kind, humble man.

  • Ralphy

    Edward is a sad, scared little boy. Unfortunately, he is not alone. The overt and covert racism that is a cancer in our country is keeping America from achieving our potential as a people and a nation.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    I am disappointed in both.

    • kcmarshall

      Are you saying you find moral equivalence in:

      “…President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans…”

      and

      “the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur).” ?

      Maybe Hank Aaron fails the pure-and-unbiased-hero test but I can’t begin to feel similarly about those two statements.

      • kevinfromminneapolis

        I am disappointed that someone I admire as a great baseball player and who I listened to describe on the Braves game last week what he went thru, which prompted me to tweet that I can’t imagine having lived in that time, would say that I as a Republican am the ideological decendent of the Ku Klux Klan. Having spent nine years working in Republican politics, I think I’m allowed to reject that assertion on behalf of my party.

        I am also disappointed that people are as stupid as “Edward.”

        I didn’t realize those two disappointments had to be moral equivalents, but nice try.

  • JohnWayne of MN

    Not sure how a guy who claims the semi-anonymous pseudonym “Edward” amounts to a swelling undercurrent of white supremacists still kicking and screaming 50 years after most of them either died out or were placed in assisted living. I get that racism and prejudice continues to exist, but let’s not pretend the “Edwards” of the world have the same effect on the Hank Aaron’s of the world they did 50 years ago. One anonymous prejudiced, coward is just that. Of course, I post this anonymously, so maybe I am “Edward?” lol.