Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Recalls The First Time He Became Aware Of Racism

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea posted a picture of the professional baseball right fielder, Hank Aaron, on Instagram to mourn his death and revealed how he found out about racial discrimination for the first time after Aaron broke the all-time home run record.

Recently on Instagram, the iconic bass player Flea shared a photo of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Hank Aaron, to bid him farewell. On January 22, 2021, Hank Aaron sadly passed away in his sleep after a long and successful career.

In the caption of his post, Flea shared the story of how Aaron changed his life when he was only a ten-year-old-boy. Apparently, when he was ten, Flea saw Hank Aaron closing in on breaking the all-time home run record which impressed him very much. He also mentioned the first time he became aware of racism when he heard all the racist words told to Hank.

Seemingly, the racist actions against the iconic baseball player made Flea focus on the civil rights movement which deepened his life forever. As he ends his farewell message, Flea thanked Hank by referring to him as a national hero.

Here is what Flea wrote in the caption of his post:

I was ten years old when Hank Aaron was closing in on breaking the all-time home run record. It was a thrilling thing for a little boy to be aware of. I also heard all the racist words being hurled his way, he hit those out of the park too.

It was the first time I became aware of racism and the civil rights movement, and that deepened my life forever. Hank Aaron is a national hero, may he enter the kingdom of most heavenly peace. Thank you, Hammer!

Ex-Van Halen frontman and a dear friend of Flea, Sammy Hagar also shared a comment on the post and paid tribute to Hank Aaron. Sammy mentioned that he was a baseball card collector when he was young, and his favorite baseball card ever was actually the one that had Hank Aaron on it.

Here’s how Sammy Hagar reacted to Flea’s post:

“No joke here. my favorite baseball card ever!!! when I was an adolescent, bubblegum pack, baseball card collector. Hank was my favorite. #shortstop No matter what position but he played”

Click here to see the Instagram post.