Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama to KKK

CBS Atlanta, April 9, 2014

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared Republicans that oppose President Barack Obama to the Ku Klux Klan.

Speaking to USA Today Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of his then record-breaking 715th home run, the 80-year-old Aaron said that Republicans are hindering Obama’s job performance.

“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,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.

Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.

“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 told USA Today Sports.

Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record.

“To remind myself that we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” Aaron explained to USA Today Sports. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

Aaron was honored before the Braves game against the New York Mets on Tuesday night with a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run, the one that pushed him past Babe Ruth and gave him the major league record.

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Aaron, 80, was given a standing ovation in the ceremony before the game. Aaron broke Ruth’s record with his homer on April 8, 1974, off the Dodgers’ Al Downing.

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  • Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record.

    Aaron claims that a lot of white people called him “jungle bunny,” said that “no n****r should ever break a white man’s home run record,” and he even got death threats.

    I have a very hard time believing that.

    First, Aaron was approaching and ultimately broke Babe Ruth’s career HR record in the early 1970s and 1974. By then, the white had been washed out of way too many white men. Second, every black person who did something with even the slightest civil rightsey social justicey connotations is going to tell big fish tales of all the threats and hatred he supposedly had to endure to do whatever he did. A hundred million black people marched with MLK in Selma, they all had to endure hoses and police dogs every step of the way, a billion people were at the Farce on Washington.

    • JackKrak

      Yeah, I call BS on the death threats too. The FBI would have closed its DC offices to follow the Braves around the country if anyone looked at him sideways.

      • dcc2379

        Heck, I bet if you threatened his last piece of watermelon the US Army would’ve been called.

    • Johnny Squire

      -“Aaron goes on to describe the racist letters he has kept for decades as he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record.”

      Racist name calling and threats sure beats anonymous racial beatings, rapes and murders. Ol’ Hank doesn’t realize how good he had it compared to today’s whites.

      • bilderbuster

        Of course no Blacks ever sent him “racist” hate mail saying “Break that honkey/cracker’s record” and the like.
        That would be fan mail or letters of encouragement.

      • LACountyRedneck

        Exactly. I wouldn’t care if everyone was a racist as long as they keep their hands off me.

    • Romulus

      You sure about those numbers QD?

    • 1stworlder

      Oh come one no one thinks he broke the record without steroids.

      • Zimriel

        And deep down he knows it. I reckon most of his “hate”-mail came from others who suspected. And I’ll bet some people close to him survive, or wrote in their diaries, who *knew* it.

        This outburst is squid-ink. This comes from a guilty conscience.

    • Tom B

      I was an Aaron fan, and I even forgave him for his previous misguided comments.
      But I’m fed up with this guy. i’ve lost respect for almost all AA black entertainers and athletes.

  • baldowl

    We’ll be a lot better off when all these old racists have died out.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      America is becoming the 3rd world nation its government always wanted it to be, at least since the beginning of JFK’s presidency. What will blacks do when those welfare payments stop coming and there are no more jobs left because there are no more old white racists to keep the system running? If the white liberals are unwilling to wean blacks off that government nipple, the mestizos surely will.

      • DonReynolds

        When JFK was elected president in 1960, this country was 90% white and 10% black. I can remember it well.
        Now we have 13% black and 16% hispanic.

        • Tom B

          and around 67% sheeple

      • Tom B

        I’m laughing so hard at your brilliantly funny prose, that I’ve forgotten what I was going to write…

  • JSS

    Ill take the old KKK over the Republican Party in a heart beat.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Just goes to show you can’t trust any black, even those who seem to be “as American as Apple Pie.”

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      You mean like Lloyd Marcus and Alan West?

  • Truthseeker

    No matter how classy Hank Aaron seems to be, he’s still a black man first and an American second. That’s the unfortunate reality of man’s tribal nature, and why diversity doesn’t work no matter how much we try.

    • DonReynolds

      The benefits of diversity are pretty much a one-way street.
      Peaceful coexistence, according to the Russians, requires a certain amount of give and take……we give and they take.
      Not much difference really.

  • Johnny Squire

    I remember as a boy living in Georgia watching with admiration Aaron’s breaking of Ruth’s record. I also remember growing to dislike Aaron as the years passed because every time I heard him interviewed he groused and whined about the unfair treatment he has received from the media, Major League Baseball, and society in general. His latest remark has cemented that dislike into permanent disdain.

    • Tom B

      I wish I would’ve expressed it that well…

      • Pelagian

        All sports banquets are ruined now because the speeches all have to veer into the “Yes, but how did Joe treat blacks”?

        • Tom B

          Brotherhood with a gun to our heads.

  • Ronald

    Yet, Republicans will continue paying good money to watch Africans compete in sporting events. Rather than condemn the mote that is in Aaron’s eye, why don’t they put some of the blame on the beam that is in their own?

    • DonReynolds

      I understand from the news report this morning, only 7% of major league baseball players are black. Maybe that is why Aaron is so pissed off.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ““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,” Aaron told USA Today Sports.”

    Typical black mentality, Obama is a GOD and anybody who opposes him is an evil, White racist. Oh poor Hank Aaron who would be NOTHING if not for the millions of White people that paid to watch him play baseball. This clown needs to be shipped back to Africa ASAP so he can be free of the evil Klan member Republicans.

    • DonReynolds

      He He…..the Ku Klux Klan was never Republican! During the civil rights era, the only Republicans in the southern states were blacks, Jews, and other carpetbaggers.

  • Romulus

    Babe Ruth was and still is the greatest all around baseball player that ever lived.
    Not only was he a great slugger and fielder, the guy could pitch as well.
    Aaron can go to h____! Even Mays protege’ bonds is the biggest POS that I ever met.
    I had the misfortune of meeting him at a game when I was eleven. Of a group of kids who requested his autograph, he had asked me who my favorite baseball player was. When I replied , “Ruth”, he very subtly ( so as to go unnoticed) signed all the other kids cards but mine. It is a matter of record that Bonds said, the only reason that he wanted to best Ruth’s home run record was because he was the white man’s hero.
    Check out the book GAME OF SHADOW by lance Williams and Mark fainaru-wada.

  • RisingReich

    Republicans are the KKK?

    IF ONLY THAT WERE TRUE!!!

    • BonV.Vant

      what comes AFTER the republicans will make the KKK look like girl scouts selling cookies.

    • foundingstockcracker

      What makes me sick is when they refer to themselves as conservatives.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

    ——————————————-

    One of the differences between then and now is that interracial violent crime today is almost exclusively black on white.

    Anyway, he should get down on his knees and thank the white man Abner Doubleday for inventing the game of baseball, which has given him so much.

  • Tom Mixx

    The interesting thing about most blacks is they have no appreciation for ths country whatsoever. Even men like this ballplayer who never had to lifted his hand in honest work, still thinks he’s gotten a raw deal. Pathetic.

    • Johnny Squire

      Humility takes a certain level of intelligence and understanding, something most blacks do not have.

      • Pelagian

        I was really young when Aaron hit the 715th … but watching it on TV, I had the feeling that something horrible was happening. Aaron is a recluse at best, an anti-hero at worse … considering the fact that he stole the mantle from Ruth who would give a white orphan the shirt off his back … terrible trade-off of national heroes. No wonder everything went down hill after 1974.

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      Insufficient IQ to see how much better it is to be a lowly negro in racist America than a Tribal chieftain in an African mud hut.

    • DonReynolds

      Yes, with all of the advantages heaped on Michelle Obama, living in the lap of luxury, attending Princeton and Harvard Law…..she said she was not proud of her country until her husband was elected president.
      She probably has changed her mind since then but that seems to be a high price to pay for her affection.

  • Extropico

    Hank should kiss the ground of this country for all it gave him. He’d have nothing back in Africa but a mud hut and an insect sandwich with a jenkem chaser.

    • Johnny Squire

      Hah! Gross, but true.

  • dcc2379

    Aw, shucks. A few loonies wrote him some letters forty years ago, and that is proof positive that nothing has changed in the new century. Maybe he has a “worldwide consensus”?

  • Nancy Thomas

    Hank can go to hell.

  • “Aaron, 80, was given a standing ovation in the ceremony before the game.”

    I’m ashamed to say that I was a part of that standing ovation. He’s lost my respect, for sure.

    • BonV.Vant

      he is a negro, , why’d you give him a standing ovation? Brainwashed into negro worship?

      • foundingstockcracker

        Rainbow Confederate? Hope not.

      • If someone does something cool, I applaud it.

  • A Freespeechzone

    This reinforces that Hank Aaron is just as anti-White as many blacks—and in the end, they ALWAYS chose race.

    I honestly wish that Whites would see this and, given that with minorities that race ALWAYS trumps truth and tolerance start supporting the White race–rather than cowering with excuses.

    Given the option, many minorities would literally eliminate all Whites….think about that.

    No Apologies.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Hank? Hank who?

    Who gives a **** what this anti-White, uneducated racist has to say.

    Did Hank mention that the KKK were democrats and but for Republicans the voting and civil rights act, which Democrats protested, would never have passed?

    Greatest hitter in the game?

    Ted Williams.

    Pass it on.

    • Ahnenerbe

      Babe Ruth was the Greatest

    • Ted Williams…who would have been a St. Louis Cardinal but for one thing:

      He couldn’t run fast enough.

      This was back in the days when the “Gas House Gang” valued foot speed and base stealing.

      Imagine Stan Musial and Ted Williams in the same lineup.

    • KonservativeKonfederateKarl

      Enos Slaughter: notorious for trying to “spike” Jackie Robinson.
      Pass it on.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        “Enos Slaughter: notorious for trying to ‘spike’ Jackie Robinson.
        Pass it on.”

        Attempted to give a damn…for about 1/2 a nano-second…couldn’t do it.

        LOL.

    • bilderbuster

      When I hear a Republican clown saying “Lincoln was a Republican” or “The Republicans supported the Civil Rights Act” I tell them that besides being a waste of time that’s not really something to be bragging about.

      • Alexandra1973

        I’d feel free to point out that Lincoln was all for sending them back.

        • DonReynolds

          Had John Wilkes Booth known that, he would not have shot Lincoln.

    • Tom B

      Good graphic. I just wrote to Atlanta Braves expressing my contempt for a player I once admired.

  • BonV.Vant

    Well well well….welll. wellll. so the libs thought that if we gave negroes “opportunity” to live in our world theta they would love us….. nope, wrong. DEAD wrong, they are all alike, they all have the same feeling towards whites. Want to know what that feeling is? Ask Nathan Trapuzzano’s widow.

    • DonReynolds

      Some of the more stupid Republicans have that same thinking. They believe if we give Amnesty to the illegal aliens, they will show how grateful they are by voting Republican for a change. Of course, it did not happen after 1986, when 4 million of them were rewarded with instant citizenship (and the vote), but Jeb Bush and the other RINOs say next time will be different. What amnesty did accomplish in 1986 was it gave Obama the margin of victory he needed in 2008 and 2012.

  • shmo123

    Hank was a great baseball player, but he’s still a dumb jock.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Aaron stated that there is still room for improvement for race relations in the U.S.

    “Improvement,” by black standards, is always a bad thing.

    • WR_the_realist

      Race relations would improve dramatically if black people would just behave better. Somehow this never occurs to black people.

      • MBlanc46

        They lack the self-awareness and many of them lack the basic intelligence to assess their own behavior.

      • Petronius

        The striking thing about blacks is that they are the ones with the least commitment to their own self-betterment.

    • dcc2379

      Aaron calls for black repatriation? Wow!

  • MekongDelta69

    Babe Ruth may have been passed on the HR List, but he will never be passed on the Ideological List, either by him or by that loser Bonds who refused to sign a baseball for a CHARITY, simply because his White team mate asked him if he would (and Bonds specifically stated that).

  • SouthernReality

    Shocked, I tell you, just shocked at these comments! Ruth the greatest? Pfft – Ty Cobb, race realist and holder of a slew of MLB records, was the greatest! He is ignored because of his ‘eccentric views on race’.
    This Aaron thing is typical – nothing, years, money, or blood, will satisfy the hatred in that community.
    Accept, educate, and prepare.

  • WR_the_realist

    The only good things about the Republicans is that they try to stop the Obama agenda. Now if only they had tried to stop the Bush agenda too.

  • TheCogitator

    So he could swing a baseball bat. That doesn’t mean he has anything else going for him. Just a foolish black that does what they all do — support other blacks.

  • MBlanc46

    Hank Aaron should stick to baseball and leave the racist comments to Jesse and Al.

  • MBlanc46

    Negroes have no interest in democracy.

  • cecilhenry

    Sad day: Hank Aaron reveals himself as an anti-white.

    No place for that. Why are you so anti-white Hank??

  • Alexandra1973

    I thought the name “Hank Aaron” was familiar. I had no idea he was black until just now.

    Only time I was interested in baseball was in 1984, when the Tigers won the World Series.

  • IstvanIN

    Hank Aaron, Oprah, Cosby; no matter how rich stupid whites made them, and knowing full well in a black nation they wouldn’t live 1/1000th as well as they do here, still hate us.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Don’t you see? That is why they hate us.

  • Who Me?

    “(A)s a nation we ALL should have stood with Gov. Wallace and the few who resisted while the rest of us watched.”

    I’m going to have to call you on this one. Many posters here weren’t even born at the time Gov. Wallace made his stand, Many more of us were small children. I would be willing to bet that I’m right in the middle of the pack as far as age goes, and in 1963 I was a whole whopping 7 years old, So I do not care to be accused of “just watching and doing nothing.” I’m quite sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. Don’t we get accused of the sins of our forebears enough by the blacks, without our own fellow racial realists slinging those same barbs at us?

    • DonReynolds

      As I recall…..there was no shortage of whites who stood with Governor Wallace, not including the police.
      He was a serious candidate for president in 1972 and had carried every county in the Florida primary. Even after being nearly killed, he still won the primaries in Maryland and Michigan. (The would-be assasin was released from prison in 2007.)

      • Tom B

        Wallace was a cool customer with smarts.. The likes of Chris Christy would’ve been only body guard goons in Wallaces day.

        • DonReynolds

          The public does not bother to know the history of their own leaders. Most would say Wallace was a short, fat guy with a big mouth. But he was a remarkable individual. His political career had something of a boost from his golden gloves boxing achievement. We would never think of Wallace as a outstanding athlete in any sport.
          He went directly from high school to law school, to the military in WWII, and was considered at the time one of the most liberal judges in Alabama.

          • Tom B

            Very good insights. Thanks. I was very young when Wallace ran for president. I voted for him! Generally, the leftist media love to cast southerners in general as racist illiterates. A lot of great writers, military leaders, etc came from Dixie. A great culture gone forever. It’s a shame. I remember in 1962, I visited my aunt in NC. It was a wonderful place then. The people were warm and the most engaging I’d ever met. I feel sad about what has happened to the USA.

          • Pelagian

            NC? 1962?! Mayberry! Even with a liberal like Andy running it, it was a perfect place.

        • Pelagian

          “Cool customer” .. great description.

    • mobilebay

      Dear Lord, Who Me, you’ve made me feel as old as Methuselah. I came from the era of separate water fountains and segregated schools and neighborhoods. Now that I think about it, it was a pretty good system. I was also born and raised in George Wallace’s state.

  • DonReynolds

    Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
    What a coincidence! Back then…..THEY wore neckties and starched shirts. Now they have hoodies and a gold grill. The marchers stopped carrying the Bible too. I wonder if that is the bigger difference from today?

    • Who Me?

      THE. BEST. ANSWER. EVER!!!!!!!! Moderators: Please kick this right up to the first comment on this page. DonReynolds you just nailed it!

  • DonReynolds

    Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
    What a coincidence! Back then…..THEY wore neckties and starched shirts. Now they have hoodies and a gold grill. The marchers stopped carrying the Bible too. I wonder if that is the bigger difference from today?
    “You Don’t Want To Go There, Buddy”

  • LACountyRedneck

    Hammering Hank Aaron. TNB. 80 years old. Surely if his ancestors never came to America he would have had a successful baseball career in Africa and made millions off all the African fans there going to his games, and would have lived to a ripe old age of 45. If it wasn’t for Whites, nobody would know who this bantu was, and he would be broke. He’d be a janitor sweeping urine infested dirt in some witch-doctor’s hut.

    • dcc2379

      Now we need the chart on IQ.

    • essmeier

      You’ve named people who played in three different eras and tried to compare them:
      1. The guy is an admitted steroids user.
      2. The guy played only against whites.
      3. The guy played in a mixed-race league without steroids.

      You’re comparing apples, oranges, and tomatoes.

      • LACountyRedneck

        Did you notice the asterisk next to McGuire? The league basically allowed steroids during much of McGuire’s time. Compare Ruth’s stats to the rest of the league during his career. No other player comes close to the contrast between a player and the rest of the league. “The guy played only against Whites.” So what? The Negro League, except for a few players, was basically a joke in comparison to the White league when it came to quality of play. “You’re comparing apples, oranges,..” I simply listed stats for at bats per home runs.

  • DonReynolds

    Aaron continued: “The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
    What a coincidence! Back then, THEY had neckties and starched shirts and now they wear hoodies.

    • Pelagian

      Good one

  • NoMosqueHere

    I heard blacks were physical, but 5 tools?

    • Pelagian

      Lol. Back to Aaron, I wonder was the nickname “Hammerin’ Hank” just a cleaned up version of “Hank the Hammer.”

  • Tom B

    I agree, and I was a huge Mantle fan.
    I despise Aaron.

  • He had his house burglarized by his fellow Africans and did not come out with a press conference. I wonder if he thinks Braves’ move to a more white area is racist or not.

    • dcc2379

      I’m sure he appreciates greater than 90% of fans being looking like those new KKK members so he could get his inflated salary.

  • NotTooSwift

    Hey Hank, what’s with the KKK stuff? Obama is just as white as he is black. I think the Republicans are anti-white. So there.

  • Tom B

    I’ve lost respect for Aaron and most black entertainers and athletes. Even without the incendiary rhetoric of Aaron, the tacit silence in the wake of ubiquitous black on crime makes it appallingly clear that, as a group, these “celebrities” are infinitely bigger racists
    than those whites they hold in contempt. I rooted for this guy to break Ruth’s record.
    I thought at one time he was a classy guy. I start to see the big picture here, and it ain’t pretty. When “credible voices”” spew this brand of hate speech, it further inflames the street preditor elements in the USA. This is very dangerous and we are on the brink of a dark continent filled with white blood.

    • dcc2379

      At least you had respect to begin with . . . .

  • BuPrang

    Hank has been hanging out with Harry Belafonte too much. Hank forgot that the KKK was a democrat organization.

  • LACountyRedneck

    No baseball player ever had the stats Ruth had relative to the rest of the league during his time. And as a pitcher he was 94-46 career with a 2.28 era.

  • Tom B

    What I find interesting and ironic about black athletes is that the supposedly most radical anti white of them all, Ali, was gracious and kind to most all of the whites I’ve seen him interviewed by. He just liked people.
    Check out some of his stints with Diana Shore, for example.

    • Pelagian

      He was kind to my mother when asked for an autograph. Perhaps he actually had a care or two for his white great-grand pappy. Unlike Obama.
      Subject: Re: New comment posted on Hank Aaron Compares Republicans That Oppose Obama to KKK

      • Tom B

        Years ago I liked Aaron when I saw him in interviews. He laughed as easily as when he wristed out an inside fastball. . He seemed gracious and not bitter at all. I start to think that certain white hating types got to him, “for the cause”.

      • Tom B

        I understand his great granddad was from Ireland.
        Off the subject, but the greatest boxing call ever was by Bob Sheridan announcing Foreman/Ali…

      • Laura Dilworth

        seriously? i didn’t know his grandfather was white