*Proving once again how far we have to go to eliminate racism in America, one African American family that has made their home in Lindenhurst, New York for the past two years, recently had a rude awakening.
Lindenhurst is on the southern shore of Long Island, and in 2010, it had a population somewhere near the 27, 500 range.
But one thing is obvious, the author of this letter (and its supporters) don’t want African Americans living there.
Suffolk County police are investigating the letter, found by homeowner Ronica Copes, as a possible hate crime, Pix11.com reports.
After Copes found the letter in her mailbox last Thursday, she called her mother, Darcell Copes, at work to let her know what happened.
Copes told her daughter to call the police, and although she did, she went even further than that and posted the letter on her Facebook page — where it has gotten 2,007 shares so far.
Copes’ post reads:
Sooooo, I’m checking my mail and when I come across this I can’t help but laugh…wait, it’s not funny though. 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.
Before reading the details, Copes noticed the letter said “Community” so she initially thought that it was something mailed to everyone in her neighborhood.
But then she read it.
ATTENTION: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY
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’ mother, Darcell, is surprised by the letter, saying…
“There have never been any incidents for us no problems, no quarrels with anyone, so as I said, we are really taken aback because we have no idea where this is coming from.”
And on Friday, Suffolk county executive Steven Bellone, issued the following statement.
“To the coward who committed a hate crime against an innocent family in Lindenhurst — 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.”
The Copes family did not expect the letter to go viral and on Sunday, Darcell Copes wrote the following on her Facebook profile :
** SUNDAY MORNING SHOUT-OUTS** 1st. JESUS then to my family and friends, Russell Simons for mention on your page, Lindenhurst Town Officials, Suffolk Counties Police & Special investigations Department, NBC, ABC, news 12 FiOS 1, PIX 11, Fox 5, NY Post. To those residents of Lindenhurst that have extended your thoughtfulness thru apologies, flowers, cards, & balloon. ** Stay Tuned** we intend to turn a negative into a POSITIVE. Be blessed and have a beautiful Sunday.
In a written statement, Lindenhurst Village officials say they “Stand in solidarity with residents in declaring there is no room for intolerance or hatred in this community,” ABC7.com reports.
Watch the video report directly below.