This week, Hank Aaron broke the hearts of millions of Republicans and conservatives who supported him and cheered him on in 1974 while racists threatened his life.
USA Today quoted “The Hammer” in an interview as saying, “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.”
That statement, saying “They,” referring directly to “Republicans” by one of America’s most respected and beloved heroes of millions of Republicans is a stab in their hearts.
Naturally, such an accusation by the beloved Aaron brought actual racists out from under their rocks, one reportedly calling him the “N” word. Racists are cretins, but they do not represent the Republican party as Hank Aaron so blithely stated.
If that were the case, then the nearly 6,000 North Carolina Democrats who voted for the racist KKK murderer of three innocent people at the Overland Park Jewish Community Center back in the 1984 Democratic primary would represent all of the Democratic Party.
I don’t blame Hank Aaron for his belief that Republicans who oppose President Obama’s policies are racist. This is a man who stood tall against racists who threatened to shoot him on home plate if he dared to break Babe Ruth’s home run record.
He was the target of such vile, evil hate for so many years that he knows dearly that it exists and when President Obama’s party has been campaigning on the theme that Republicans are racist and that black Republicans such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas are “Uncle Toms,” it’s not easy to quell the ringing from that echo chamber.