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Apr 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron speaks during a ceremony honoring the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run before the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3KHAO
Baseball legend Hank Aaron was asked last month why he still keeps the old hate mail that resulted when he broke Babe Ruth's home run record:
"To remind myself," he said, "that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. 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."

This of course did not go over well in our brave new post-racial society:
The Atlanta Braves have been deluged with hate mail after baseball great Hank Aaron's recent comments about racism in America and President Obama's critics.

According to USA Today, the Braves organization has received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron made his comments a week ago.

So the response to Hank Aaron saying that racism in America isn't over yet is hundreds of letters attacking him for saying it:
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)." [...]

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.

Seems an odd reaction to Aaron's statement that Obama's treatment from Republicans shows "we have a long way to go." We may have to get Brit Hume and the Fox News crew to better explain it to us.

Originally posted to Hunter on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 01:24 PM PDT.

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