12 elected black officials in Charlotte, NC have received threatening racist letters which invoke the name of Donald Trump.
Black Officials In Charlotte Receive Racist Letters That Invoke Trump
At least 12 local elected officials, including black county commissioners, Charlotte City Council members who are people of color, and the black chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board, received similar letters in recent days, according to representatives of those bodies. The letter, which the Observer obtained a copy of from a City Council member, is also addressed to the local police and fire departments.
The letter to Leake invoked the name of President Donald Trump, said blacks need to “assimilate” to Charlotte and the United States and blamed “twisted media” for problems.
“Nothing good will come to you if you don’t change,” the letter to Leake and other commissioners stated. “You need to go back to where you came from … Your freedom was born on the backs of great Americans, white Americans, who fought for you, so get over it. Assimilate.
“One of these days, someone … will round you up. All of you. And send you screaming to the concentration camps where you belong … Be very careful.”
Trump is emboldening racists
Trump claimed that his racist rhetoric was bringing America together. The president is emboldening and encouraging racists to act on their violent impulses. Donald Trump has been cited as an inspiration in 36 violent criminal cases. Racists view Trump’s rhetoric and the mainstreaming of it by Fox News as encouragement and a green light for their actions.
There have always been racists in the United States. The difference between the recent past and present is that all Americans used to agree that racism was wrong and unified to keep these people hidden under their rocks. Trump’s Republicans have given a platform and a home to racism, and incidents like what happened in Charlotte show why the racist in chief must be sent back to Trump Tower.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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