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This is not the first time ESPN’s resident journalist Jemele Hill has been inundated with racist letters and tweets from the vast audience the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader in Sports commands. But this time, Hill decided to air out one particular vile racist who wrote a letter containing bigoted language towards the Michigan State alum.

In the letter, the asshole viewer refers to Hill as a “b*tch jungle bunny,” “spear-chucker,” and demands ESPN to let her go “before she back slides into some ebonics-laden inarticulate mumbo-jumbo tirade.” Additionally, the anonymous man reveals he’s “not interested in spending all day listening to some thick-lipped gorilla attempting to properly speak the King’s English.”

Astonished that her ignorant pen-pal had enough of racist vernacular to eschew from using the N-word, Hill went on Twitter to expose a small dose of what she says she receives pretty regularly.


“I get these types of letters every day,” she tweeted Adena Andrews, a writer for ESPNW.

We cannot pretend like Obama’s reelection was a sign that racism is something of the past, but what is unbelievable is that we cannot have a serious, nuanced conversation about race in America without white people denying it even exists to the extent this hate-letter suggests. And not to mention, the underlying misogyny in the hyper-masculine sports world helps belittle the contributions of highly qualified women. Wow, we have a lot of work to do in 2013 …

  • Yb

    As sad as I feel for this woman, and how horrible it is that she has to go through this I’m not surprised. I don’t expect anything less from whites.

  • Anthony

    As a regular reader of ESPN’s website, I can say that what that person wrote is depressingly common. Jemelle Hill is subjected to terrible disrespect by posters, many of whom seem to have so much hate towards black people, I wonder why they watch sports at all outside of NASCAR. The fact she is woman just intensifies the hate, in my opinion.

  • teamtimberance

    Not sure how the letter/mail system at ESPN works…was she the first person to open the letter? If not, are the other people required to send along these harassing letters? Would she be interested in having her mail screened? I’m glad she told the public. I also think, in her shoes, I wouldn’t want to read any more of the same crap.

  • myblackfriendsays

    The person who wrote that letter needs to get a life.

  • Tim

    This is why I kind of scratch my head when I see comments on here about whiter and other races of men embracing and liking black women more than black men (the enemy).

    I just don’t see it (embracing black women say group). “shrugz”

  • kc

    No one likes to see a black woman succeed.

  • EST. 1986

    What exactly does it mean for one to ‘get a life’. I am pretty sure this man has a life, a life where he hates Black women and/or Black people in general.

  • EST. 1986

    Things like this are never going to stop because hate is taught.

  • Val

    “Wow, we have a lot of work to do in 2013 …”


  • Tonton Michel

    If you read the articles on ESPN online regularly this isn’t surprising the comment sections are loaded with the out right bold to the very subtle hate. All the reporters get it, the woman get it harder and Hill gets it the worst. Most of it is born out of jealously, it kills them that she is where they want to be. A field like sports which is male dominated it is understandable that her existence in it will rub people the wrong way.

  • Chillyroad

    Lol. Good one Val. it’s not our problem when they hate us.

  • Chillyroad

    I wouldn’t go that far. America is a massive country. You are bound to find a few nutters. Most people are very decent. If out of the millions of ESPN viewers you get a few pieces of hate mail…I would say that is proof most white men don’t care about seeing a black woman journalist on the tv. Ratings would be a good barometer too.

  • julia29

    Any one who still speaks and thinks this way is completely ignorant.

  • victoria

    Yet, too many of our black men are leaving our kids fatherless, without support; leaving our communitites without protection (while they go to prison or date outside of their race). Not all non blacks are racist. Actually, I would expect our men to be our providers and supporters, but too many are not. This site doesnt say black men are the enemy; there are women on this site who encourages black women to date outside of our race b/c too many of our men have left us high and dry.

    Regarding the letter, the fact that she is black and that she is a woman is pissing many people off. I hope that she doesnt allow this garbage to upset her. No matter what field she is in, being successful, black, and woman will ALWAYS be hard to swallow for others.

    FYI, can you imagine how much work it took on her part to get her position. That’s something to be proud about.

  • Kristi

    I see racist comments everyday on comment sections of articles all over the internet. I’ve said this before, andhere it is again: I believe race.relations have gotten worse since the election of President Obama. And there are a WHOLE LOT of undercover racists out there. They will smile in your face and call you friend and later go on the internet and reveal thier true feelings….some, not all. Such cowards.

  • Sasha

    I was going to say the same thing. I’ve stopped reading comments to the articles she writes because they are filled with ferocious hate and vitriol. The comments almost always have nothing to do with the topic at hand or devolve into racism and bigotry. It’s sad.

  • Chillyroad


    I just dont have the energy for your comment. Smdh

  • lol

    just ‘ignorant’?

  • Sereen

    why is anyone taking this ignorant letter seriously? its a handwritten letter done on lose leaf paper, written in a style that a 3rd grader could do.This “person” cannot even articulate himself properly. This person is beyond ignorant.

  • Sereen


  • Kam

    The percentage of people who hold negative feelings towards Blacks has actually risen since 2008, so that’s been proven.

  • Curious

    What have whites done to you personally?

  • julia29

    No probably not – but it all stems from ignorance – it’s like a bad weed growing in a garden.

  • jcross

    Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
    Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: “ignorant of astronomy”

    Why are so many people ignorant of the definition of ‘ignorant’? No disrespect sis, but it really gets under my skin when Black people use the word ‘ignorant’ to describe racist White people. They KNOW exactly what they’re doing…


    Black people never learn smh. Jemele and a lot of black people like just need to stop with the naive mindset. All white people are evil except for 300 lol. In the 90s they had a petition to show prison executions on tv so yeah their volitale. This letter is typical of what they dicusss when no blacks are around. Also, I hope no one says that dumb we all are humans no we are not. These people use to mate with Neanderthals and had offspring. Therefore, not all white people have 100% human DNA. To all the white people defenders take ya porch monkey sambo Samuel l Jackson in django and tap dance electric slide tootsie roll for white people. But, majority of black people are insane. They are expecting different results with time from white people but, getting the same actions.


    they’re vioatile not their

  • Kay

    What’s so funny to me about racists is that they feel it’s okay for us to entertain them, as referenced by his “Black male jocks….are tolerable,” comment, but if we do anything on the same level as them they feel threatened. But then argue that Blacks don’t do anything “meaningful,” or constructive. It’s also laughable that racists will hold up stereotypical behavior as a reason not to like us but when we don’t exhibit said behavior they hate us anyway. Bottom line is, she should crumple up the letter, throw it into the nearest trash can and keep it moving. No matter what we do as a people, folks will still throw shade.

  • Dawn

    As we claim our natural beauty and dare to proudly display it in our professions, the ignorance of others come to light. Simply seeing it and calling it out by challenging it how we change. Self-acceptance is powerful and it intimidates others to exhibit this behavior especially when they believe they can sling mud and hide behind stamps and IP addresses. Keep it up my people.

  • myblackfriendsays

    It means not wasting your time writing hate mail. Jemele’s career is probably going to go better now because more people know who she is because of this incident.

    Pretty sure that is the opposite of what Mr. Letter Writer wanted to happen.

  • MommieDearest

    Thank you for this. Misuse of “ignorant” is a pet peeve of mine.

  • Ask_ME

    One has to wonder why people like you insist on people viewing black men as individuals (i.e., “Don’t call all black men thugs) but deny that right to all others.

    Non-blacks don’t automatically equal racism.

    Blacks don’t automatically equal racial progression.

    I have run across quite a few “good” white people and I have run across quite a few “bad” black people…and vice versa. This doesn’t mean I hold the words/actions of THESE INDIVIDUALS against the whole race.

    You clearly see what you want to see. Anything else would upset your senses.

  • EST. 1986

    FINALLY! It makes my blood BOIL when I see the word ‘ignorant’ being used incorrectly. On this site, and others, I have provided the correct definition of ‘ignorant’ and got thumbed down or comments from people who were upset about me clarifying what it means to be ignorant.

    There are dictionaries that even has a separate definition of ‘ignorant’ labeled as ‘Black English’.

  • binks

    Right! It could be 3012 or 4013 time doesn’t eradicate racism or wounds from it. I wish people would stop using the “well it’s…” that doesn’t mean a thing. As for President Obama please this president has gotten the most dead threats/hate than his previous counterparts…post racial America my @ss! Sadly ignorance and foolishness like this isn’t going to change but the way people hide their hate,disguise it and use it does….please be aware this isn’t a WE problem but a theirs

  • Kacey

    The number of hate groups in the U.S. has also risen since Obama’s presidency. Racists are actually getting bolder.

  • The Artist

    Not surprising. Though, I am glad she decided to speak publicly about the letters. Too often these type of behaviors (anonymous comments/letters/internet trolls–filled with hated) are ignored. As if the word anonymous is a sort of “get out of jail free card”.

  • Kacey

    It’s very interesting to me how most of his hatred is directed toward black women. He has a tolerance for the black male contributors and athletes but he can’t stand the sight of a black woman.

    I think this is very telling on who is now the target of America’s racism. It used to be black men, now its black women, and I believe a lot of it has to do with the unbalanced media lens on black women over the course of the last 5 years or so, along with black men being very vocal in publicly expressing their disdain for black women.

  • EST. 1986

    By looking at the picture, I venture to say it took no more than 10 minutes for that letter to written.

  • ChillyRoad


    Can you PLEASE explain to Victoria that black men and black women dont belong to each other so she cannot reasonably expect black men to protect black women.

  • Ask_ME


    No thanks…I’ll leave that up to you because you appeared to be especially disturbed by her comment.

  • Justsaying

    You’re concern is truly touching but just so you know only 1% of “whiter and other races of men” need to embrace black women and there’d be more than enough of them for EVERY single black woman who so desires. So there, you’ll be able to sleep soundly tonight. Nighty night.

  • thinkpink

    He said he has a tolerance for black male athletes. I take that to mean he has no problem with african americans as long as they’re throwing a football. He seems to have an issue with a black person (in this case a woman) holding a professional title. Obama gets it hard too. People have had no problem showing their disdain for him and it far exceeds what michelle gets. The issue is that african americans are becoming educated and successful. This is not the role white society is use to seeing us in and it inspires hate because it’s threatening. Obama in the white house means the job isn’t just for white men anymore. Hill on ESPN gets under the skin of the white man at home wishing he had her job. A successful black student in the classroom means direct competition for white students. Hence the constant attempts to dumb us down through media, music and movies. They don’t want the playing field to be level and it terrifies some when they get the slightest inkling we’re gaining ground.

  • gee

    You- Take idiots like this serious because who knows, 1-day she’s walking home or getting into her car and gets ATTACKED or worse Killed, at least the Police would have a suspect/possible motive.
    The degree of hatred and ignorance by this man is so palpable- for you to dismiss this kook is really “shortsightedness” on your part. I imagine this woman cannot take a simple walk w/o being worried some kook is trailing her.
    I mean what has she done other than have opinions- this nut didn’t like or the color of her skin? Gimme a break!
    I imagine she has had to(NOW) take steps to insure her safety.
    Betcha didn’t think about “IT” in these terms did ya?

  • Ask_ME


  • kaya

    Just so I can understand….our current president as gotten more”threats/hate” than lets say previous president George w bush?, in which the world still mocks him for his “stupidity” and our nation hugely blame for the downfall of this country ? I ain’t saying Obama doesn’t get shade but I don’t see the intense hate, annoyance and the mockery I did for p. Bush.

  • Anthony

    I accidentally hit the report button for Gee’s post, sorry!

  • Anthony

    So true, racists have found ways to rationalize the success of black athletes. A smart and very literate black woman like Jemelle Hill figuratively removes this racist’s fig leaf and we can see just how little he is packing!

  • truth hurts

    10 minutes he could’ve spent doing something productive.

    Is there are reason you’re caping for this peckerwood or…

  • binks

    George Bush may have gotten mocked, ridiculed and embarrassed no doubt about that but I haven’t read about him having to deal with numerous death threats, him facing discrimination about his race or his wife and kids getting disrespected left and right. Let’s be realistic there is a difference between “George is just dumb who the hell voted for this guy…did Yale pass him along” than “I can’t believe this N*gg*r is running the country, I can’t stand his youngest daughter(actually heard someone said this recently), his wife looks like a money…” Apples and oranges my friend appleas and oranges.

  • Sereen

    You- What I am trying to say is when some cooky racist insults us we shouldn’t take it to heart and feel miserable. I am saying that no matter how successful you are, SOMEONE no matter what will still hate you for something you cannot control. Listen, I agree that she should take measurable precautions and report these things for her own safety. What I disagree with is when people are feel “hurt”, “upset” and can’t move on with their lives. Kepp your head up high and don’t take wackos seriously, IF you want a peace of mind. Got It?

  • Sereen

    @Gee, you assume way too much. Step back and process what I am saying. What I was trying to say is that, whenever some wacko racist has something to say it should not affect how we feel. A person should not feel “upset” “insulted” or “hurt”. No matter how successful she is someone that is going to hate you for something you have NO CONTROL OVER. Now, I agree she should report something like this for her own safety I am not saying she shouldn’t take her safety seriously.Their are “nuts” everywhere does that mean we have to be naive or feel pissed off because of what some racist has to say? Keep it moving and eff the haters. Get it.
    *I don’t know if my comment posted twice. So sorry for the double post.

  • truth hurts

    Of course you found a way to turn this around on black men. It never ceases to amaze me the way some of you will break your necks to come up with ways to absolve white men of their crimes against black women.

    So now this guy is a racist because their aren’t enough black women on tv (booed up with white men, I presume) and because of black men.

    lol okay.

  • Fantastico

    @Sereen I see what you are saying here:

    “A person should not feel “upset” “insulted” or “hurt”. ”

    But it does hurt. Racism and Sexism hurt on an emotional level in conjunction with many others.

    We all build up a tolerance for it including J. Hill. She only showed us one letter of the many she receives on a daily basis.

  • Fantastico

    Yep, it’s that terrible combo of racism and sexism.

  • EST. 1986

    I am not ‘caping’ for anyone, whatever that means.

    It is just a major pet peeve of mine when someone’s response to something is for that person to “Get a life”, “You must not have a life”, and “You have too much time on your hands”.

  • ummmmm

    What in the racist hell are you talking about Mr. Farrakhan?

  • truth hurts

    It’s a pet peeve of yours because you probably hear it so often. Here you are going off on some tangent that doesn’t have shit to do with the article…

    Methinks you need to GET A LIFE

  • kgo

    I’m sure that letter was written by a black person, for effect.

  • Kacey

    @ ALL YOU BLACK MALE TROLLS: Accept that you are part of the problem. Your comments here only bolster my statement.

  • nona

    You sound white troll.

  • Jjean


    Uncle Ruckus

  • Chillyroad

    Just remember guys…they only need 1% of white men to embrace black women and black women can sleep well at night.

  • EST. 1986

    Wrong! I SEE it online, all of the time, and it is not directed toward me. Thanks.

  • Kacey

    @ Truth Hurts: What are you doing here, then?

  • MommieDearest

    “A successful black student in the classroom means direct competition for white students. Hence the constant attempts to dumb us down through media, music and movies.”

    I really wish more black folks can come to this truth and stop ingesting, and producing, the garbage that is sanctioned by the mainstream. We have allowed ourselves to be lulled to sleep. We need to wake up before it’s too late.

  • rkahendi

    The resentment and hatred has definitely always been there. Obama’s election only made things more apparent.

  • TrIsha

    I’m glad Jemele Hill shared this letter. It is a great reminder to athletes and non-athletes that racist people are all around us. It won’t stop. At the same time, you can’t allow their ignorance to stop you. I’ve never been the one to believe all white people are racist. But I do believe some have learned how to coexist with us and that is where the line is drawn. If a profit is NOT involved, will they entertain you or how much will they invest your lives? Perfect example is that of a coach and a player’s relationship. .

    Since this letter was addressed to a black woman journalist reporting for ESPN, it signifies it doesn’t matter if a black woman is competing, coaching , or reporting….negative/racist remarks are going to take place. Besides that, any authoritative or a less occupied position by a black man or a woman, it is uncomfortable for some people. This is the mark that racism is still alive and well and cannot be denied. We cannot stop their comments. If anything, it should give us more ammunition to succeed. Obviously, if it was left up to Jemele’s pen pal, she would be scrubbing HIS floors and nothing more (well maybe – hmm).

    The bottom line is to never allow words to define you; however, words are the beginning point towards conflict. So we do need awareness that racism is far from ceasing. And as an afterthought, some people within the black community possess the same sentiments/thoughts. If you look a certain way or come from a certain area/background, the same words are spoken. .

  • Anthony

    For the life of me, I don’t know how a story about the racial harrassment of a sports reporter developed a black men vs. black women subtext. Everything always ending up on that subject is taking a lot of pleasure out of reading this site.

  • victoria

    When children are raised without the protection of their fathers they are more vulnerable – molestation, rape, joining gangs, promiscuity, violence, etc. My comment was not concerning a men owning women, but having their presence makes a difference.

  • Chillyroad


    Children have a bad record of creating unions between two adults. If daddy isn’t in the house there is little he can do. He isn’t in the house because mom and dad didn’t have a home to begin with. If you want parents to be under the same roof raising children, build that house first than the children. You don’t build a house around kids.

  • victoria

    What is the point of your last comment? I am confused because I dont see how the comment coincides with the two statements I made.

  • Barbara

    This is new how? She’s been T&A / stripper moves since day 1. The less vocal abiity the less clothing needed to sell it, SSDD in the music industry. She knows to stay relevant that she needs to keep the show going. There are younger and fresher new artist ready to take her place some might even say she’s already been replaced but I don’t listen to music like hers anyway so IDK.

  • MimiLuvs

    All it takes is for one comment from a reader. Somebody is bound to leave a reply.
    Sometimes I think the reply is from another alias that is used by the OP.

  • Kostas

    “Hmm those blacks in Chicago….shootings…drugs…criminal behaviour. I don’t expect anything less from blacks”.

    See how that goes? I can’t understand how black people think it’s okay to make such asinine broad generalizations and then have the nerve to get all offended when THEY do it to us. Stop it.

  • EST. 1986

    Wow. Really? You think they may be doing that?

  • EST. 1986

    All you flunkies need to ‘get cho life’.

  • Yb

    Are you getting paid to defend whites who wouldn’t give two shits about you? Some black people are really pathetic.

    If you really think that me generalising whites is the same as assumptions make about black people then you are a fucking idiot. I could careless if whites get their feelings hurt at what I said and their little black pet that defends them. My words have no power compared to the institutionalised racism they built and the privileged they hold.

    The worst you and I can do to whites is call them a Cracker. Now tell me what is the worst the can do to you?

  • truth

    Why does everybody say obama when they talk about change and why do black people call obama their own when he is half white and raised by white when like so many other black children grew up with out his black father

  • truth

    And why is it that blacks always complain about racism when its the best time to be black u get everything just pull the race card u don’t hear other rase’s crying what about the Indians if anybody should have some grip its them not u pampered African American COMPLAINERS

  • Darin

    I dont think its jealousy at all. I truly believe people think she is a terrible analyst and only has the job because she is a black woman.

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