Hank Aaron joined the ranks of Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and other race-baiting civil rights “leaders” on the night of the 40th anniversary of him breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record when he equated Republicans to KKK members from back in the day.
He said that instead of hoods, conservatives now wear “neck ties and starched shirts” during an interview with Bob Nightengale from USA Today.
During the interview on Tuesday, Aaron argued that the nation’s race relations haven’t come far enough and that regardless of the fact the nation has its first 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,” he said.
“The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
He continued on and explained that he feels the nation has gone backwards with our civil rights, citing the percentage of black people who play in Major League Baseball.
He was the recipient of numerous death threats as well as hate mail while he played and when he made the run for the record. When he did finally hit No. 715 in the Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, he received a standing ovation.
Dodgers announcer Vin Scully actually brought attention to the ovation, remarking that it was a feat within a feat for a black man to receive such an applause in the deep south at that time.
He explained what a great moment it had to be as a “black man was getting a standing ovation in the deep South for breaking the record of an all-time baseball idol.”
It’s nice to know that he’s calling an entire group of people racists because they simply disagree with Obama’s policies. Isn’t that exactly the type of thing that he, and others like him, fought against back in the Civil Rights movement?