Long Island, New York, police officers are investigating an anonymous letter sent to a neighbor, asking her and her family to leave the area because they’re black.
“Attn: African-American family,” the letter to Lindenhurst resident Darcell Copes read. “This is coming from Lindenhurst community. Lindenhurst is 84% white population. You don't belong here!!! Please leave Lindenhurst as soon as you can. It will be better for all of us. Find the town where there are more people like you. Sorry if this is rude, but it's the truth.”
Copes, who lives in her home with three grown children and five grandchildren, said she was shocked and confused by the letter. “I went from being fearful, protecting my family, to being totally confused, and wanted to know who and why,” she said.
“Today, it becomes even deeper: is it someone in the school district, is it the guy at the corner store, is it my neighbor down the street? Where?”
Copes’ story went viral after her daughter, Ronica, posted a photo of the hateful note on Facebook. The photo was shared more than 1,500 times.
“Sooooo, I'm checking my mail and when I come across this I can't help but laugh... wait, it's not funny though,” Ronica’s post read. “Where they do that at? Oh yeah Lindenhurst. Unbelievable but then it's not ... our daily reality, I've just never seen it in this form.”
Lindenhurst Village and Babylon Town released a joint statement responding to the letter and condemning it “racist” and “hateful” message.
“The best way to fight bias is with solidarity and we stand with all of our residents in declaring that there is no place for this type of intolerance and hatred in the Village of Lindenhurst, the Town of Babylon, or anywhere in our community,” the statement read. “We are, and always will be, a strong diverse community that does not cede ground to hostility, ignorance, or hatred, wherever it may appear.”
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