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Hank Aaron Flooded With Racist Hate Mail After GOP Attack
Newsmax.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Drew McKenzie

Posted on 04/16/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The offices of the Atlanta Braves have been flooded with racist letters, emails, and phone calls attacking Hall of Famer Hank Aaron after his interview comparing the way Republicans treat President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

USA Today writer Bob Nightengale said the "sheer racism" of the attack against Aaron was similar to the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record.

Nightengale noted that the new hate mail messages came as baseball was celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, on Tuesday.

One bigoted writer named Edward wrote an email to the Braves' front office with several expletives and racial slurs contained it, according to The Washington Post.

Another baseball fan named Marion called Aaron "a racist scumbag." Mark called Aaron a "classless racist" while a writer named David said he planned to burn Aaron's "I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story" autobiography.

The firestorm erupted after 80-year-old Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, said in an interview with USA Today that America today is "not that far removed" from the racial intolerance of the mid-20th century.

On the 40th anniversary of his home-run record, he said, "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. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: atlanta; atlantabraves; gop; hankaaron; hatemail; racism
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1 posted on 04/16/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No mention of the fact that Hank’s remark was racist.


2 posted on 04/16/2014 7:55:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Another baseball fan named Marion called Aaron "a racist scumbag." Mark called Aaron a "classless racist" while a writer named David said he planned to burn Aaron's "I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story" autobiography.

Apparently calling someone a racist is in itself racist. These are the examples given.

3 posted on 04/16/2014 7:57:58 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Race relations are at a 50 year low in America for some strange reason.


4 posted on 04/16/2014 7:58:25 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If some people went overboard with vulgarity and racial slurs that's a shame. Civility should rule in a discussion or even a rebuttal of an imbecilic statement like HA made.

But, calling him a racist is not a racist move. Aaron talks like a race baiter which takes him down to the level of Jackson, Sharptoon, Nagel and the rest. A man I thought deserved my respect has proven otherwise.

5 posted on 04/16/2014 7:59:36 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I was never much of a baseball fan—I think it’s sort of like watching paint dry.

I guess this guy doesn’t mind having his freedom diminished-—everything they can, they turn into a racist thing……

He need to open his eyes and see what’s really happening in Washington.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 7:59:46 PM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'm not defending any racist mail or e-mail in this case, but Hank Aaron really wandered off the reservation on this one with that idiotic and bizarre statement. It's really a sad end to a long life in the public eye for a sports star. Aaron comes across as not only a bitter, angry old A-hole with that statement, but an ignorant fool, too.

To paraphrase Laura Ingraham ... Shut up and play ball.

But since Aaron is too old to do that, he ought to just go away. I suspect a lot of his resentment is based on his awareness that he has nothing to offer the baseball world anymore, and that he probably had no place in Major League Baseball once his playing career ended.

7 posted on 04/16/2014 8:00:01 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I have to wonder how many come from lefties trying to muddy the water. While I found Mr. Aaron’s remarks insulting, I would no more reply in kind than I would try to fly off my roof.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 8:00:14 PM PDT by W.Lee (After the first one, the rest are free.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

AAron was a good man but his racism is being returned in kind.


9 posted on 04/16/2014 8:00:46 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I thought it was rather amusing to see him try to say that Republicans are Really Democrats?? Kind of makes ya wonder why so many blacks encourage other blacks to remain on the plantation. Maybe they really are worried the Democrat KKK will start up again.


10 posted on 04/16/2014 8:02:01 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
BS. They got messages from people that simply disagreed with what he said. Not our fault “they” think dissent is racist.
11 posted on 04/16/2014 8:02:05 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Blah blah blah...

WACIST...............................................!!!!!!


12 posted on 04/16/2014 8:03:07 PM PDT by Altura Ct. (i)
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To: SaxxonWoods

150. I’m pegging this erosion all the way back to Reconstruction.


13 posted on 04/16/2014 8:03:50 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I'd also point out that Hank Aaron accomplished -- with that preposterous statement comparing Republican elected leaders with the KKK -- something that I never would have thought possible. In one instant he removed any resentment I may have had about a Barry Bonds breaking Aaron's home run record.

In fact, if I ever run into Barry Bonds in a bar or restaurant, I'm going to offer to buy him a drink and toast his record with him.

14 posted on 04/16/2014 8:03:56 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He’s a racist with an asterisk.


15 posted on 04/16/2014 8:05:43 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: Mike Darancette
AAron was a good man...

We're being shown we were wrong to think that. It would appear he is/was not.

16 posted on 04/16/2014 8:06:06 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So...anyone taking issue with Aaron’s own race -baiting, bigoted statements is a bigot themselves, eh?

Funny how that works with these liberals.

I’m white, and I would vote tomorrow for Alan West, for Herman Cain, for Clarence Thomas, for Alan Keys, etc.. They are all black and all good, God-fearing and loyal Americans...but I guess that makes all of those black men racist bigots too according to these sycophants.

That’s the mental illness called progress liberalism...called the far left.


17 posted on 04/16/2014 8:10:24 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Fledermaus

That’s exactly it. Anyone who doesn’t assent to the “consensus” is a racist, a soldier in the “war on women”, etc. But Islam is a “religion of peace” in spite of its adherents who murder people in various ways, and have many supporters.

Why can’t people see what’s being done to their minds, to their power of thinking for themselves? Unless they just want to assemt to the dangerous lies, because it serves theor own agenda? Or they’re afraid of “social death”-social, for now?


18 posted on 04/16/2014 8:12:42 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hank, you had a great career, a blessed life that you want people to remember you for.
But when you take one for the Democrat team up the whahoo, that is what you'll
be remembered for the most.
19 posted on 04/16/2014 8:17:48 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
feh...
20 posted on 04/16/2014 8:18:25 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Likewise Jackie Robinson also went off the reservation with his hateful, racist remarks about Republicans back in 1964.


21 posted on 04/16/2014 8:20:14 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Calling a racist a racist is racist.


22 posted on 04/16/2014 8:20:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The country that gave him the opportunity to be the best he could be is racist......poor Hank.


23 posted on 04/16/2014 8:24:14 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey,Hank...you could learn A LOT from this wonderful black woman:

Ret. Col. Frances Rice—she can teach you some important facts. Take the test:

BLACK POLITICAL HISTORY: THE UNTOLD STORY NOTE:
All answers are “B.”

1. What Party was founded as the anti-slavery Party and fought to free blacks from slavery?

[ ] a. Democratic Party

[ ] b. Republican Party

See complete test at:

http://www.nbra.info/DYK-HistoryTest


24 posted on 04/16/2014 8:24:16 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: TigersEye

hank aaron is a racist...his record needs an asterisk: *record made by a racist.


25 posted on 04/16/2014 8:24:52 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I met him. Aaron IS a racist scumbag.


26 posted on 04/16/2014 8:26:18 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Say it ain’t so, HanKKK.....


27 posted on 04/16/2014 8:27:51 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: re_nortex
"racist remarks"

He did do that, but he later met with Goldwater and had a reconciliation of sorts. Robinson actually apologized for calling Goldwater a bigot.

28 posted on 04/16/2014 8:30:38 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m a white man who grew up idolizing Hank Aaron. I still consider his homerun recors to be one of the great accomplishments in sports....and I still resent baseball for letting the steroid era taint his accomplishmnet. Anyway, when Hank Aaron compared people in the GOP to the KKK, it really saddened me. As much as I disagree with the political left, I respect their point of view. And, I certainly expect the same respect in return. Instead of carrying himself with the class I had come to expect from Hank Aaron, he went right into the gutter with Al Sharpton and Barack Obama etc....where it may be warm and comfortable, but only because of all the slime he was surrounded with.

Finally, the excerpt caught my attention as well-There are only 67 black players in the major leagues, with three teams not represented by a single African-American player.

Who gives a c#ap?!! I’m certain every team picked the very best players they could find for their rosters. Should we be concerned many basketball team have only a few white players? Should we be troubled that most NFL place kickers are white? Of course not!!!! Skin color doesn’t matter!!! For once....just once....I wish the left would practice what they claim to preach!!!!

And Hank, dude.....you broke my heart with that comment. Why don’t you rethink what you said and try it again at a later date. If you do that, I’ll let your first comment slide.


29 posted on 04/16/2014 8:32:54 PM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And now calling someone a racist is racist, if the original racist is a lib.... The rules keep changing; I can’t keep up!


30 posted on 04/16/2014 8:34:19 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I heard an ESPN radio host earlier this week say that black basketball players consider it embarrassing to be dunked on by white players and he cited that in the last couple of years he has seen more black-on-white fights in the NBA. Why is it embarrassing to be dunked on by a white guys? Do blacks bring up race if a white guy slams the ball over a black guy? This needs investigating.
31 posted on 04/16/2014 8:35:10 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

.....and those were the best examples that they could come up with?


32 posted on 04/16/2014 8:35:37 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Alberta's Child

As a white kid aged 9-15 in the late 50s and early 60s, Hank Aaron was my first sports hero. His recent comments felt like a sucker punch. If he provoked racist retorts, that’s too bad and should not have happened, but he himself started it with his slanderous, sloppy, stupid, racist generalization.


33 posted on 04/16/2014 8:37:26 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: logic101.net

Racist = somebody winning an argument with a liberal.


34 posted on 04/16/2014 8:44:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ilgipper

Aaron became a radical a long time ago. I used to love the guy. He was my favorite ballplayer, but all he does is bash white people. His book was horrible. Nothing but grousing and complaining.


35 posted on 04/16/2014 8:45:25 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My beef with Aaron has always been how the Braves kept moving the left field fences in so the aging player could break the record. He was not in the same universe of HR/AB as was Ruth (16 vs. 11 AB per HR). I don’t consider him the true HR champ for those reasons.


36 posted on 04/16/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hank who?


37 posted on 04/16/2014 9:21:28 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: TigersEye

A triple-dog accusation!


38 posted on 04/16/2014 9:26:15 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, right - Aaron made an outrageously racist comment and got called on it. Too damn bad. As someone else said, he’s second to Barry Bonds now. Suck it up, buttercup.


39 posted on 04/16/2014 9:29:49 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I was at Shea stadium in the early 70s, before Aaron broke Ruth’s HR record. The crowd gave him a standing ovation after he hit one out. You never see that for an opposing player. FUHA


40 posted on 04/16/2014 9:42:13 PM PDT by o-n-money (ned)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hank Aaron, what an asshole


41 posted on 04/16/2014 9:55:47 PM PDT by daku
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, Hank, you started it, you big dummy.


42 posted on 04/16/2014 9:59:14 PM PDT by windsorknot
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Any hate mail to Aaron comes from KKKers angry about being accused of joining the Republican Party. They are telling him they are lifelong Democrats and proud of it. They said he's an airhead if he thinks Republicans would associate with KKKers.

Only Democcrats ever wilcomed them as kinsmen.

43 posted on 04/16/2014 10:22:39 PM PDT by stevem
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To: re_nortex

Nice try but that won’t jive with youngsteers here raised on visions of the vaunted negroid demigods of lore

Who woulda created a utopian athletic new world were it not for the evil measely white man who BTW....opresses all he touches


44 posted on 04/16/2014 10:24:04 PM PDT by wardaddy (america was lost about the time black thugs appropriated cafe bikes as social status)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
the racist onslaught that the African-American star faced in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record.

I was around back then. I don't recall ANY racist onslaught.

45 posted on 04/16/2014 10:31:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: wardaddy

Well said...as always. I sometimes think you’re one of the few truly unafraid to defy all forms of political correctness and speak honestly, without equivocation. God Bless you and your family, wardaddy and good night from Texas.


46 posted on 04/16/2014 10:44:18 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe old Hank shouldn’t have said such an asinine thing and hr would.have been ok! Idiot!


47 posted on 04/16/2014 11:06:56 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: tumblindice

Or a triple dawg accusation. lol


48 posted on 04/17/2014 12:57:10 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SaxxonWoods
Race relations are at a 50 year low in America for some strange reason.

Something about turnout next November?

49 posted on 04/17/2014 1:07:15 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Glad to hear it.
Hank dug the hole he is in.


50 posted on 04/17/2014 1:39:32 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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