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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.

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“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 …

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  • 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. .

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  • 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.

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    • Curious

      What have whites done to you personally?

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    • 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.

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    • 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?

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Fantastico

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

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  • http://enchantedroots.wordpress.com 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.

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  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

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

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    • 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.

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    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com 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.

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    • EST. 1986

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

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    • truth hurts

      10 minutes he could’ve spent doing something productive.

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

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    • 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”.

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    • 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

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    • EST. 1986

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

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    • Kacey

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

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    • EST. 1986

      All you flunkies need to ‘get cho life’.

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