Thursday Open Thread | 12 Black Elected Officials In Charlotte Receive Trump Inspired Racist Letters

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.”

A Mecklenburg County commissioner says she has asked the FBI to investigate who sent her and other black elected officials a racist, threatening letter that said “Black Democrats should be tarred and feathered and run out of town” and sent “screaming to the concentration camps.”

The letter, which Commissioner Vilma Leake read aloud at a recent public meeting, was received by mail at her county office address. It is a nearly two-page-long rant that threatens “someone” may “blow up” a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr., and also says, “I would love it if they would blow you up.”

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63 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | 12 Black Elected Officials In Charlotte Receive Trump Inspired Racist Letters

  1. rikyrah says:


    Eva Putzova (@EvaPutzova) Tweeted:
    CVS is blocking access to birth control for disabled, rural, and other women who rely on mail order services.

    Unsurprisingly, 12 of their 16 board of directors are men.

    This is incredibly dangerous, restrictive, and disappointing. #CVSDeniesCare

  2. rikyrah says:

    I just can’t 😠
    You go around with DIRTY DRAWERS??😲😲
    That is just N-A-S-T-Y🤢🤮

  3. rikyrah says:

    Oh REALLY?


    GE shares fall after report claims $38B in accounting fraud

    Harry Markopolos describes “a bigger fraud than Enron”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Planned Parenthood sets exit from federal family planning program

    Raising the stakes in an ideologically charged standoff over women’s health, Planned Parenthood said today it will soon leave the federal family planning program unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring patients for abortions.

    The administration responded that it is ready to operate the Title X family planning program without the organization that has been the largest provider. About 4 million women are served nationwide under the program, which distributes $260 million in grants to clinics. It’s unclear how many patients would be affected.

    Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Erica Sackin said that its affiliated clinics “will be formally out of the Title X program” by Monday, passing up federal funding, unless the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco halts the new rules. The appeals court is weighing a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and others to overturn the rules; a panel of judges in effect had earlier allowed the administration to go ahead with enforcement.

    We can see what happened when they did this on a state level- in Texas:

    “In 2011, Republican lawmakers slashed the state’s family planning budget by two-thirds, shuttering 82 clinics. Two years later, they kicked Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider affiliates out of the state’s low-income women’s health program, forgoing millions in federal dollars to begin a state-funded program instead. At the time, less than a quarter of the estimated 1.8 million poor Texas women in need of publicly funded contraceptive services were getting them. The cuts resulted in tens of thousands more women losing access to reproductive health services like gynecological exams, birth control, cancer screenings and STD testing.”

    A lot of women will be hurt. Abortion is but THREE PERCENT of what Planned Parenthood does – AND, they can’t get any federal money for it.
    So, the women that use the other 97% of its offered services are going to be hit by this.

  5. rikyrah says:

    this trick here!

    Maggie Haberman
    Trump just got a massive boost from Netanyahu in his effort to make members of “The Squad” – And Omar and Tliab in particular – his opponent instead of, say, Biden.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Holy shit. Ebola cure. Like really.

    Mortality rates from 75% untreated to 6%. SIX.

    — Stephen Blackmoore (@sblackmoore) August 14, 2019

  7. rikyrah says:

    He didn’t put it on Twitter, and, I don’t know how to embed videos from Facebook on here. But, Ro-Ro did a short video on Facebook where he showed the invitation from Tyler Perry on the opening of his NEW Studio. It was amazing. It was an entire BOX, and contained a VIDEO invitation.
    Go, Mr. Perry.

  8. rikyrah says:

    the side eye is on level 10 for this one:

    Tennessee priest bans black housekeeper from his property — then blames his ‘racist dog’
    August 15, 2019
    By Tom Boggioni

    According to a report from WHBQ, a Collierville, Tennessee priest is under fire for banning a black housekeeper in the employ of the diocese from entering his church-provided home because he claims his dog is racist.

    In an interview with housekeeper LaShundra Allen, who asked that her face not be shown, she explained that she was told not to enter the home of Rev. Jacek Kowal, a pastor at the Catholic Church of the Incarnation while she was being trained to replace the current housekeeper.

  9. rikyrah says:

    These are two good segments on MoscowMitch:

    Mitch McConnell at nexus of increased Russian leverage on U.S.

    Rachel Maddow shares details from a recent Pentagon white paper about how Russia secures its influence over other countries’ politics and notes that Mitch McConnell’s role in facilitating an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in his home state of Kentucky, among other things, aligns with Russia’s strategy.

    Risky Russian deal a tough choice for Kentucky in economic need

    Tom Hamburger, political investigations reporter for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Mitch McConnell’s outrage at the “Moscow Mitch” nickname leveled at him in part because of a Russian business deal in Kentucky that coincided with McConnell’s role in the lifting of particular Russian sanctions, and the mixed emotions about the deal in Kentucky.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Disapproval of Trump higher than approval in ten states Trump won

    Rachel Maddow shares the results of a Civiqs poll of Donald Trump’s job approval that found in ten states Donald Trump won in 2016, his disapproval number is higher than his approval number.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Truth…we never vote our political will or thought…….we don’t know our own best interests (RME)

    Kay says:
    August 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Republicans believe black people don’t have actual political agency. They see them only as rank and file voters in the Democratic Party which is not true. It just isn’t true and it hasn’t been true my entire life. Media have adopted this belief, so you see ridiculous things like the NY Times going to Youngstown, ignoring the mayor and the city council, and heading out to interview the (white) COUNTY chair. They simply will not admit there is AA political power within the Democratic Party at the elected and appointed level. They could see it- they could go to Columbus or Cleveland and talk to AA electeds and D Party leaders, but they won’t. Because white people are the only people with political power, even when they’re not.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

  13. These racist bigots are romancing rounding up Black people. They’re waiting for their race war.

    “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.”

  14. Good morning, Chicas!

    I get so tired but as my mom would say no rest for the weary…..

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