By Tobias Salinger
An anonymous racist sent a hate note to an African-American family on Long Island, telling them: “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE.”
Ronica Copes, 37, a resident of Lindenhurst in Babylon, found the typewritten, all-capital letter message in an addressed envelope in her mailbox Thursday afternoon, she told Newsday.
“ATTN: AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY,” begins the letter, which she later posted to Facebook. “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,” the note ends, according to WCBS-TV. “SORRY IF THIS IS RUDE, BUT IT’S THE TRUTH.”
Suffolk County Police are investigating the correspondence as a possible hate crime, according to Newsday. Copes has lived in her house with her mother, her two siblings and five nieces and nephews since September 2013, but she told the publication she hasn’t experienced any racism firsthand in the community.
Copes’ mother, Darcell, told WNBC-TV the note has jolted the family.