I liked Hank Aaron back when I used to like baseball. I think I have about nine of his cards stashed away somewhere at my parents’ house. They’re probably worthless.
Being the black celebrity/former athlete that he is, he has no choice but to support Obama and view all Obama’s opponents as a bunch of neo-nazi, white supremacist racists. Tony Lee with Breitbart reported:
On the 40th anniversary of his momentous 715th home run that broke Babe Ruth’s MLB home run record, which is the most meaningful in all of sports, Hank Aaron equated Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama’s policies to the KKK.
Aaron implied that conservatives are racists who now wear “neckties and starched shirts” instead of hoods.
In an interview with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Tuesday, “Hammerin’ Hank” lamented that the country has not progressed far enough on race relations, saying that though the nation has 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 in the country,” Aaron said. “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
I understand that back in the day, Aaron received death threats from white people, warning him that there would be “consequences” if he dared surpass Babe Ruth’s record. At least that’s the allegation. And if it’s true, that would explain Aaron’s hasty generalization about white people today opposing Obama.
If you turn this around and talk about the myriad “knockout” attacks that have occurred on unsuspecting white people by bored black teens in recent years, and use that to explain why some white people might act more cautious around black teens, you’re met with vitriol from the left. That’s pure racism.
Remember what Obama said regarding Trayvon Martin’s death:
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
Justifying Hank Aaron’s race-baiting on the basis of his experience with some whites decades ago would be the same as whites justifying being more cautious around black teens because of their violent acts on white people.