Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Shares Horrific and Starling Letter From Racist Fan on Instagram

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss received this chilling racist letter
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss received this chilling racist letter /

Racism is by no means limited to a few isolated individuals, as the pox on this country has spread to all corners of the United States, as proven by the shockingly racist letter Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss received on Monday.

Buss shared a letter written by a racist, sexist Lakers "fan" who renounced his fandom after 60 years, calling current Laker players the n-word. He also told Buss to "go to hell and join Kobe Bryant" in one of the most repulsive things you'll read all year.

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After much thought, I decided to share this letter I received on Monday so that everyone can see the hate is real and living out there. This is happening in our world TODAY. Its real and it exists. To Joe: Did sending this letter make you feel better?  Really all you did was waste your time, and energy and your postage stamp. (But thank you for including your return home address) Why don’t you look in the mirror and see your ugliness because I refuse to. I have received letters like this over the years. The advice I always got? “Ignore it.” I did. But not anymore. On this day, Juneteenth, I ask my white friends to join together, acknowledge the racism that exists in our country and around the world, and pledge to stop ignoring it. We all must do better. #juneteenth #hatewontwin

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Even after reading that letter over a dozen times, it's still unbelievable that someone could manage to be so horrifically offensive. The way the letter starts only makes it all worse.

While "Joe" did waste his time sending this letter, accomplishing nothing except showing what a vile human being he is, he is unfortunately emblematic of how virulent and bold racist expression has become in this country, and how any potential movement, person, or organization that looks to stamp out racism is worthing throwing your time, money, or support behind.

Some might be quick to write "Joe" off as pond scum that isn't worth the time of day, but those who spew this kind of rhetoric deserve to be publicly shamed anywhere and everywhere. Talking like this, especially about the recently and tragically deceased, is simply beyond the pale.