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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”

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