White Penn State Alumni Pens Racist Letter To Football Player Complaining About His Dreadlocks

White Penn State Alumni Pens Racist Letter To Football Player Complaining About His Dreadlocks

C.J. Holmes is a Penn State football player. If you know nothing about sports whatsoever, here’s where I’ll explain that Penn State Football and college football, in general, is a huge deal—Holmes and his teammates are in a prime spot to move on to the NFL and there’s a lot of pressure on what they’re doing out on the field now.

Most of them are very young, even teenagers. The people in the stands are their classmates, but a significant number of them are Penn State alumni who buy tickets to the games for the entire season and feel possessive pride over the team. Oh, and some of them are super racist, apparently.


On Twitter, Holmes shared a letter his teammate received from a man who signed his name David Peterson. Peterson says in the opening that he and his wife are “older” graduates of Penn State. He talks about how much they love sports and then segues into a criticism of the football player’s hair. Specifically, the fact that he has dreadlocks, rather than the “clean cut” look from Peterson’s era.

He writes, “Surely you have mirrors in the locker room! Don’t you have parents or a girlfriend who’ve told you that shoulder-length dreadlocks are disgusting and are certainly not attractive.”

Holmes shared the letter, captioning it, “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 a right to send this message.”

Agreed! And here’s the full letter if you want to read the whole gross, condescending, racist thing:


People are very firmly on Holmes’s and his teammate’s side. Penn State has been the site of incredible controversy over the last few years, as it was revealed that former football coach Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile who sexually assaulted dozens of children.

Many of his assaults took place while he worked as an assistant coach under Joe Paterno at Penn State. When his crimes were uncovered, it was revealed that Paterno knew Sandusky was harming children and helped cover it up.

If he is worried about Penn State’s reputation, maybe Peterson should start there.

Lots of people had things to say about this letter and the type of white boomers who fill the stands for the sole purpose of policing black players:

A news editor named Tom Cleary also tweeted that a man named Dave Peterson writes letters to papers regularly about tattoos and dreadlocks.

It’s either the same guy or there’s something about having the name Dave Peterson that gives people brain worms:

It’s good that Holmes is speaking up, but it sucks that he has to. Being a football fan doesn’t make your opinions about how football players look important—especially when they’re coming out of a dusty racist’s mouth. Shut your glory hole, Peterson.