Racist Coward Sends Anonymous Hate Mail Telling Black Family To Move Away
It’s normal to hear from neighbors welcoming you to the neighborhood or keeping you abreast of events in the community, but you don’t ever expect them to threaten you and ask you to leave. That’s why a Long Island family was so shocked last week when they received an anonymous letter from a cowardly racist telling them they don’t belong in their own community and it’s time to find a new place to live.
According to Raw Story,Â Lindenhurst resident Ronica Copes found a letter in the mailbox on Thursday addressed to her from “the community.” She assumed it was a notice or newsletter of some kind, but when she opened it what she found instead was a typed letter to her family asking them to move to a place “where there are more people like you” because they’re black.
She posted the letter on her Facebook page where it was seen byÂ Steve Bellone, a county executive, who issued a statement saying the letter will be treated as a hate crime.
â€œTo the coward who committed a hate crime against an innocent family in Lindenhurst â€” There is no place for intolerance in Suffolk County. I know the Suffolk County Police Department will do everything possible to solve this hate crime, out you and see you punished. I stand together with all Lindenhurst residents who decry this act of hatred. This community and all of Suffolk County are better than that.â€
You’d think someone who feels they have the support of 84% of their community would go ahead and sign their name at the bottom of the letter, or at least hand-write it. I mean, why the secrecy? Could it possibly be that they know they’re a hateful, awful human being?
Copes told Pix 11 she was disappointed by the letter, but not surprised because things like this are a part of her daily reality. It’s completely unacceptable that these types of aggressions are a part of anyone’s daily reality, and I can’t imagine how hard it would be to feel safe in your own home and neighborhood after receiving something like this. It’s important that this is being taken seriously and investigated, not only for the protection of the family, but also because whoever wrote this letter needs to know the rest of their community doesn’t support their hateful views. The letter writer is the one who doesn’t belong.