Racist, threatening letters sent to Charlotte mayor and several non-white lawmakers borrowed language used by Trump
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Several top city officials in Charlotte, N.C., have asked the police to investigate a threatening letter — filled with racist remarks — which they received in the mail, officials said Friday.
The letters were sent within days of each other, and they were addressed to Mayor Vi Lyles, six city council members, five county commissioners, as well as members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board.
All but one of the recipients are African-American; Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera is an immigrant from India who moved to the U.S. when she was 16.
According to local news station WCNC, the letters were sent to government offices about 2½ weeks ago. They contained hateful statements that can be understood as “lynching,” as Councilman Braxton Winston said.
Winston was one of the people who received the threatening letter, which read, in part, “Each of you despicable BLACK democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail.”
“We get hate mail all the time,” Winston said. “But this one was unique ... It was pretty intense, pretty intense, [and] pretty well thought-out,” he told WCNC.
Councilwoman Ajmera agreed that, although hate mail is a known practice, this time it felt different.
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“I’ve received individual hate letters, but this is the first where it was sent to people throughout the city,” she told NBC News.
Peppered throughout the hateful statement was a recent chant proudly used by President Trump supporters in rallies — “send her back” — and some of Trump’s divisive language telling his critics that they should “go back” to the “crime infested places” they “originally came from.” The now infamous insults were part of the comments the president used to refer to “The Squad,” a group of four Democratic congresswomen of color, in a series of tweets last month.
“I do believe you need to go back to where you came from if you don’t BEGIN to show this great country some RESPECT and HONOR,” the letter read.
The writer criticized former President Barack Obama, showed support for the Trump White House, and went on to say, “leave our Confederate Memorials and statues alone.”
Mayor Lyle’s spokesman Jeremy Mills said that the letters were identical, and appeared to have been sent by the same person, according to NBC News.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been contacted. We are aware of the letters and reviewing the material,” department spokesman Robert Tufano said in a statement.