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Charlotte Mayor, other African-American city and county leaders receive racist, threatening letter

Posted August 15, 2019 11:46 a.m. EDT
Updated August 15, 2019 12:00 p.m. EDT

More than a dozen city leaders, all of them African American except for one, received a letter in the mail to their respective offices that was threatening and racist.

— More than a dozen Charlotte leaders, all of them African American except for one, received a letter in the mail to their respective offices that was threatening and racist.

"If I can assume the intent was to intimidate," Councilman Braxton Winston said.

"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 letter read in part, "...Each of you despicable BLACK democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town (my town) on a rail..."

"I'm turning my letter over to the FBI," said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake.

CMPD told NBC Charlotte they are aware of the letters and are looking into them.


Winston, Leake and others talked to NBC Charlottte about the letters and the investigation.


Just last week in Siler City, the black owner of a restaurant posted a similar letter to social media. It said, in part, "You will not make it here. Leave town or we will help you." The letter was signed "White Nationalists."

"That’s just hatred right there, just hatred," customer Brenda Hayes said.

Andre Chaney and Ivan Santos, owners of A&I's Chicken Shack, said the community responded with an outpouring of support for their business.

"There are great people here in Siler City, and there are people that support us," Chaney said. "We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to stay right here. We don’t believe in hate. We don’t believe in fear. Siler City is family to us."

The Chatham County Sheriff's Office is investigating that letter.