"Hammerin" Hank Aaron recently compared the modern day Republican Party with the KKK. Hank is bitter. This was evident in his autobiography that I read a few years ago. He feeds this bitterness by periodically reading the hate mail that he received during his run for breaking "Babe" Ruth's home run record. Hank, it is time to work on forgiveness fella. Forgiveness is for your benefit, not those idiots who wronged you. Secondly, black people resent being judged for the actions of the few blacks that fuel stereotypes. I resent being judged for the few bigots that wrote you those letters. I was a 24 year old white man who was pulling for you to break the record along with the majority of white people in this country. Third, as far as the Republican Party being the modern KKK you need to take a long hard look at the racist past of the Democratic Party first. I will acknowledge that Richard Nixon made a huge mistake pursuing his "Southern Strategy" in 1968. This was ironic because Nixon was one of the most open-minded white men of his generation. He was a life-long, card carrying member of the N.A.A.C.P. However he made a Machiavellian decision to seek after the votes of Southern white males upset over the passage of the 1964 and 65 Civil Rights Acts. This policy was followed by Republican candidates for years.
In reality Nixon was one of the most progressive presidents in regards to race that ever held the office. Although I disagree with quota's in hiring he is the one responsible for that policy. His rhetoric was meant to attract votes but his actual policies did not match the rhetoric. Some racists like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms switched parties but others like Lester Maddox, George Wallace, and Robert Byrd, who was an actual Klan member, stayed with the Democratic Party. Wallace and Byrd also made Machiavellian decisions by issuing apologies because their constituencies had changed overnight. They had a D in front of their name so they got a pass. Then again the Republican Party was full of people who were Conservative but not racist or people like myself who were former "Scoop" Jackson or Sam Nunn type Democrats who had no where else to go but to the Republican Party on election day. When I finally wised up in the early 1980's I left the Democratic Party and became an independent. That bigoted generation that embittered Hank is dying out. Are their bigoted Republicans today? Yes, I run into them occasionally. However it is the solid Democratic voters that amuse me. I know many that voted presidential election after presidential election for the Democrat, regardless of how corrupt or liberal they were. Now that there is a black Democrat in office their opposition of Obama is as intense as mine. Hank, I love you man but it is high time to get that chip off of your shoulder. .