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‘Hammerin’ Hank’ Aaron Slugs it Out with Obama Attackers

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist | 4/16/2014, 10 a.m.

Another former teammate, Rich Casanova, recounted, “He told me, ‘I don’t want to be in this situation. What do I gain by breaking Babe Ruth’s record? But what am I supposed to so, quit playing? Quit hitting homers? I got to do my thing?

Brother Aaron has never been one to be fooled by curve balls on or off the field. And that’s why he was a vocal supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and now President Obama, who knows what it’s like to receive that kind of hate mail.

In that sense, Aaron is following in the rich tradition of Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Jim Brown and other sports legends across the years who have used their celebrity status to support the freedom struggle in America.

Aaron said, “We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record. 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.”

Thank you, Hank Aaron. May all of our up and coming athletes have the courage and success of Hank Aaron. May all of our elected officials also grow stronger backbones to effectively withstand Republican repression. In the spirit of Brother Aaron, let’s hit more home runs for freedom.