As y'all know I am not easily shocked, but the flow of racist vitriol directed at a genuine American hero has come close to shocking me. Hank Aaron's original sin was breaking the Babe's record but his current offense, of course, is standing up for his fellow pioneer, Barack Obama:
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.
"Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur)'' read an email from a man named Edward, according to USA Today.
Edward evidently used the racist epithet five times.
"My old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur)," he wrote in closing.
One man called Aaron a "racist scumbag," while another vowed to never attend another Braves game until Aaron is fired from the team's front office. A man named David said he plans to burn Aaron's autobiography.
I am not a violent person but reading this shit makes me want to take a baseball bat upside their empty heads. Henry Aaron is an American hero and a man with more dignity and grace in his little finger than these scumbags who dare to call him a scumbag. Hiding behind an anonymous name makes some people feel all brave and manly. I'd like to see these racist motherfuckers say that to Mr. Aaron's face but I know they wouldn't have the nerve. It's also tres classy to insult an 80 year old man.
Twas a dispiriting story to read on Jackie Robinson day, y'all. I'd like to feed those guys to Jackie circa 1952 after he stopped turning the other cheek. He'd give them a piece of his mind and perhaps a swift kick up the ass.
Now that I've vented, here's an antidote: a picture of Hank Aaron with two other heroes, Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays: