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Tuseday April 2014 was Jackie Robinson Day, and all around the league teams and players paid tribute to the man who broke the barrier exactly 67 years ago.


What is typically a day of celebration and remembrance, however, has been marred by four game postponements and the fact that even today, people are sending racist hate mail to Hank Aaron, an African-American baseball player who broke Babe Ruth's home run record 67 years ago.


On Tuesday, it was revealed by Bob Nightengale at USA Today that "vile letters"...have poured (meaning not just a few) into the Braves offices over the past week."


Letters similar to one emailed to the Braves' front office by a man who calls himself Edward---in which "scumbag" was the nicest word used referring to Aaron.


This isn't the first time the (*former) Home Run King has been the target of racist hate mail.  Famously, Aaron received a slew of racially charged letters 40 years ago after breaking Ruth's record.  And unfortunately, it probably won't be the last time.


Aaron spoke candidly (honestly):


"To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record," he said.  "If you think that, you are fooling yourself.  A lot of things have happen in this country, but we have so far to go.  There's not a lot has changed.


And it won't change as long as we have high profile black men like ESPN's Michael Wilbon, Rapper/poet Common saying it is okay to use the N Word as a "Term of Endearment? or CBS NFL host James Brown and NBA Hall of Fame player Magic Johnson pretending they are 'Minority Owners in Major League Basbaseball.'  Hank has already addressed their status as minority owners in an earlier story in USA Today. 


"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 the Republicans with the way he's treated.  We have moved in the right direction, but we still have long ways to go.


"The bigger difference is back then they had hoods.  Now they have neckties and starched shirts."


Let us not forget "The Spooks Who Sit by the Door" as their assistants (especially, blacks in media).  


This recent influx of mail seems to only confirm Aaron's sentiment that we really aren't that far removed from 1974.  Lets hold out hope that the majority of the world will continue to accept and encourage those previously unaccepted, and at some point, the "Edwards" of the world will simple fall by the wayside.


The writer Stephan Mast of Fox Sports is evidently a dreamer, he believes in Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny. 


For example; The Edwards of the world are now sitting on the Supreme Court.  The court recently upheld and sanctioned that the 1% who control all the wealth in America can continue to buy the office of the President and any other political office with their 'Deep Pockets." In a 5-4 vote the logic of the majority was if the 1% were not allowed to use their money to buy political offices their 5th Amenment Rights of freedom of speech would be violated.


The Edwards of the world still make the rules and change them whenever it looks like the minority and poor are gaining on the them, for example; Bankruptcy, White Collar crime, Plea BarginingRedlining, Stand Your Ground, Neoptism, these laws and rules were not meant to protect the downtrodden or minorities.  They were and are use to protect the rich and greedy.


This brings to mind that during the month of February (Black History) I gave a heads up for a little known Civil Rights Black History fact to a friend to pass on to his daughter.  His daughter anchors the television news in the Tarheel State of North Carolina.  There was no follow-up by him or his daughter (a common trait in the black community).  I would accidently discover through another family member that Neoptism was brought into the conversation. The definition of NEOPTISM; Favoritism shown to a relative (as by giving as appointed job or as in this case reporting on a newsworthy story of a distant relative).  We still don't get it or don't know how to work the system.  Or we are scared to work it for fear of losing our "Good job."  Only in Black America.


The media outlets are also controlled by The Edwards of the world.  Checkout the disclaimer use at the end of the Hank Aaron story.  Comcast does not want to be associated with anyone or anything that  resembles the truth or "Fair Play!" 



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The opinions expressed here are soley those of the author (Stephen Mast) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.


The beat goes on and on.




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