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Penn State Football Player Receives Racist Letter From ‘Alum’

This college football player received a racist letter from an alleged alum about his locs.

People are calling out a racist letter from a Penn State “alum” to a university football player.
 
The letter, signed by an alleged “older” Penn State alum, was shared by defensive tackle Antonio Shelton on October 7, 2019. The latter was signed by “Dave Petersen” and shamed “Jonathan” for “shoulder length dreadlocks.”
 
“We couldn’t help but notice your—well—awful hair. Surely there must be mirrors in the locker room! Don’t you have parents or girlfriend who’ve told you those shoulder length dreadlocks look disgusting and are certainly not attractive,” the letter stated. “[…] You need to remember you represent all Penn Staters both current and those alumni from years past. We would welcome the reappearance of dress codes for athletes.”
 
“Petersen” also wrote he’s stopped watching the NFL due to the “disgusting tattoos” and “awful hair.” During a press conference, Coach James Franklin connected the letter to Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland.
 
“The football that I know and love brings people together and embraces differences,” he stated. “Black, white, brown; Catholic, Jewish, or Muslim; rich or poor; rural, or urban; Republican or Democrat; long hair, short hair, no hair—they’re all in that locker room together. Teams all over this country are the purest form of humanity that we have. We don’t judge.”
 
Other Nittany Lions denounced the letter on Twitter.
 
“my teammate got this in the mail today, and tbh I’m at a lost for words..I also have locs, Tats, and NFL dreams too, these messages can not be tolerated, this was extremely inappropriate, racially biased, and selfish to feel like you even have the tight to send this message #WeAre,” CJ Holmes tweeted.
 
“We must all denounce these racist remarks it we’re proud Penn Staters. This is not Penn State. This is an embarrassment,” Hunter Kelly tweeted.

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