As time goes by, and chauvinism fades, here comes the vicious reminder such as many Pacquiao jaw punch.
In this past week, sheer racism witnessed in vile letter addressed to Hall of Fame great Hank Aaron has become apparent in the Atlanta Braves offices.
This appears like in 1974 when he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, with discriminative letters well acquainted to African-Americans.
A man named Edward said in an email that Hank Aaron is scumbag of (expletive) (racial slur), which was addressed to the braves front official and landed in to USA TODAY Sports.
Edward summoned the epithet five times in four sentences and closed it with “my old man instilled in my mind from a young age, the only good (racial slur) is a dead (racial slur.)”
With that, it was a happy day for Jack Robinson!
On April 15 1947, Robinson broke the color barrier in a momentous achievement of the Civil rights movement, which is a clear reminder of these letters about the racial hatred that still exists in our society.
This has made the Robinson’s game not favorite for African-Americans due to a number of reasons.
Major League Baseball, scheduled to honor Robinson today where every player will be wearing No. 42, will be attended by very few African-Americans ever since 1958.
In reference to USA TODAY Sports survey of opening-day rosters and disabled lists, the African-American population in baseball has remain unchanged from a year ago at 7.8%.
Major leagues have 67 black players, with three teams unrepresented by single African-American player including the San Francisco Giant, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Commissioner Bud Selig is not happy at all at the declining numbers, and he has pledged Aaron, his close friend, he has vowed to act about it, commissioning an 18-member team.
Urban investment has been paying off thirteen African-Americans in the first round of the draft for the past two years. They are projecting to have as many as fourteen for this year’s draft.
Jerry Manuel, the leader of baseball on-field diversity task force said that there is momentous for now and they have just not yet made it a movement.
The Braves have received hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls scorning Aaron for his comments made to USA TODAY Sports.
Marion called Aaron a “racist scumbag.” Ronald said he won’t attend another Brave’s game until Aaron is fired. David said that he will burn Aaron’s “I Had A Hammer” autobiography.
Aaron calmly seemed to stick to his comments saying that the country has a black president and that they are moving in the right direction but also indicated that they had a long way to go.
“The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.” He said.
During the 50-minute conversation with Aaron, he didn’t suggest anyone critical of President Obama as racist and never did he compare the Republican Party to the Klu Klux Klan.
In short, Aaron wanted to imply that we are fooling ourselves in thinking that racism doesn’t exist in our country. It is only camouflaged. Aaron extends the request to the field where baseball is trying to bring back African-Americans.
Manuel said if they made the game as a diverse as it is by straying a bit at home adding they had to get it back home. He added that they don’t have to take advantage of what they did in his generation, noting that they realized it when it was too late.
“Now, we’re staying with this thing, I think you’ll see a turnaround. I really believe change is coming.” Manuel said