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Hank Aaron Still Gets Hate Mail

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No, this isn’t a racist country people cry. In fact achievements by black citizens elicits more anger and resentment now. And the government finds stronger and uglier ways to segregate and disempower people of color. As well as all vulnerable citizens.

Electing a mixed race man to be President did not demonstrate that racism was waning but in fact drove people’s id out into the open. Anyway to position President Obama as illegitimate was set forth. He wasn’t born here. He’s a Muslim. (He is not but that would not preclude him from taking office.) His Christian minister hates America. (Or his wife does. Read her thesis she wrote while attending Princeton some folks advocate.. Okay, first learn to read and get a dictionary.)

Back to Hank Aaron.

He still gets hate mail. He received an avalanche of vile screeds and threats 40 years ago when he broke Babe Ruth’s record.

Hey, Baltimore loves the Babe. He was kicked out of his house by his two living parents who continued to be a family with his little sister. The big hulking boy was placed into an orphanage. His prodigious athletic talents were recognized and the rest is legend.

Literally, legend.

But records are made to be broken. Ability and skill should not be discerned through a racial prism.

In a recent interview Aaron explained why he has kept the letters sent to him forty years ago when he was trying to break and finally exceeded Ruth’s homerun achievement.

"To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record," he said. "If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There's not a whole lot that has changed.

"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.

"The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

And some use racism in lieu of faith or education.

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