A hate crime against a black family throws universe into outrage as an anonymous note goes viral.
On Saturday, NY Post reported that Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has condemned a hate rime in Lindenhurst, NY where a black family found an anonymous letter in their mailbox.
The letter reportedly urged them to leave the community simply because they are African-American.
"To the coward who committed a hate crime against an innocent family in Lindenhurst -- There is no place for intolerance in Suffolk County," Bellone said.
The letter opens with "ATTN: African - America Family."
"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 letter continues.
Ronia Copes came across the letter. She said: "I don't know what their motive was, but it didn't work."
The 37-year-old freelance publicist and caterer said she was so shocked that she posted the picture of the letter on Facebook which is how it went viral.
One official of the city, Kevin McCaffrey, took to Facebook to express his disgust as well.
"As many of you may be aware, it has been reported that a Lindenhurst family recently received a hateful letter in their mail. As a resident and elected official from Lindenhurst, I know that this incident certainly does not reflect the values or beliefs of the community. Rest assured that this matter is being taken very seriously and is currently under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department.
If anyone has any information related to this incident which may be helpful to the police, they are strongly encouraged to report it as soon as possible."