Jackie Robinson Day was supposed to be a celebration of not only the man who helped us integrate the game of baseball, but a celebration of that integration of baseball as a whole. However, what took the main stage on this special day was just the opposite — racism in it’s highest and brightest form. Like a meteor entering the atmosphere, a big ball of fire took over the headlines for the Atlanta Braves that involved that opposite of what we were supposed to celebrating.
Everyone knows of the great trials that Hank Aaron went through as he chased Babe Ruth’s home run record. He had the gall to go out there and break the most hallowed record there was for a sport that was still dealing with the racism that was involved in the game of baseball.
Yet, with one comment, Aaron has turned more attention back on himself. In his statement, he began by discussing that even if we have African-American people in high offices, such as our president, the country is still very biased when it comes to race.
The statement that he made that really ruffled some feathers declared, “The bigger difference is back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”
Now, his statement isn’t what is causing the uproar, but the responses that were received is what is causing the problems. A man just known as Edward sent a letter to Atlanta saying, “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of (expletive) (racial slur).” A few others called him other things such as “racist scumbag” and a “classless racist.”
Now, what is the problem here? The central problem is the fact that Aaron is more than correct, and he just pointed out what a ton of people have already figured out. It’s truly troubling that a large number of people in our country don’t understand the racism that still goes on in America. Despite that fact that it is lower on the scale than it was in mid 1900’s, it’s still here, and it’s impossible to break the way that the people are raising their children to hate people based on the color of their skin, or any other differences.
This shows that racism is here and it’s going to stay around for a while. The scary thing to think about is knowing that it’s not going to disappear anytime soon. As long as it sticks around, the game of baseball is going to suffer from it on a day-to-day basis.