‘Go Back To Where You Came From’: Several NC Lawmakers Received Same Threatening, Racist Letter
Several African American lawmakers and the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, received the same threatening, racist letter in the mail, officials said Friday. The hateful letter was filled with racist remarks and told leaders to “go back to where you came from.”
The anonymous missives — sent told the targeted city council and county commissioners that they should be “tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by local NBC News affiliate WCNC.
“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 Friday.
The letters were identical and apparently sent by the same person and mailed within days of each other. They were sent to the offices of Mayor Vi Lyles, six members of the city council and five members of the county commission, officials said.
All of the lawmakers are African American, with the exception of Councilwoman Dimple Ajmera, who is an immigrant from India who moved here as a teenager.
The letter also borrowed recent, racist language used by President Donal Trump, telling some of his congressional critics to “go back” to the “crime infested places” they “originally came from.”
“I’ve received individual hate letters, but this is the first where it was sent to people throughout the city,” Ajmera told NBC News.
“I’ve heard it many, many time before, ‘go back to where you came from,’ so that’s why this was personal to me,” Ajmera said. “Unfortunately, this kind of language has become the norm.”
City Councilman Braxton Winston told WCNC that the letters had “the intent was to intimidate.”
“We get hate-mail all the time,” he said. “But this one was unique … It was pretty intense, pretty intense, [and] pretty well thought out.”
The writer said he supports Donald Trump, threatened former President Barack Obama, wants to keep statues and memorials to Confederate leaders and wants to remove any public tributes to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King.