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Talk about a viral story.
A Penn State football player took to Twitter on Monday to post a letter received by one of his teammates, a meandering bit of nonsense about hair length, dress code, and modern day celebratory trends.
This was the image shared on Twitter by Antonio Shelton (@_groovy55) –
This is one of those “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry” types of letters, but I know it’s real. Probably originated in Berks County or Upper Montco. Older white folks ALWAYS complain about appearance, about hair length, tattoos, and piercings. They grew up in a different era when everybody was clean cut and dress codes existed and blah blah blah, the halcyon days of everybody looking like a carbon copy of one another.
That said, I don’t think this explicitly makes “Dave Petersen” a racist, since he’s talking about dreads and not skin color in the letter. Of course you can probably put two and two together, since there ain’t a lot of dreadlocked white dudes out there, but I guarantee he’d bitch about Carson Wentz if the Eagles quarterback decided to go for the Bob Marley hairdo.
But in general he’s just an old cornball, this guy. And his wife is, too, but there are a bazillion people out there with similar opinions. Having been around a lot of old and/or white people in my lifetime, I know these are the same folks who would also have complained about Clay Matthews’ hair and Richie Incognito’s tattoos. “Dave Petersen” sounds like the type of guy who would have disowned his Caucasian son if told that he was gay, you know what I mean?
“While we don’t know the source of this letter or the authenticity, obviously its content does not align with our values. We strongly condemn this message or any message of intolerance.”
I guess that’s what they had to say. The responses to the original tweet are a mess, of course, with pervasive Sandusky and Paterno comments sprinkled in, but it seems like the vast majority of sensible PSU fans are rightfully labeling “Dave Petersen” as a jabroni.
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