Racist Letters Mailed to Georgia Residents Telling Non-White People to Leave

Police in the city of Acworth, Georgia are investigating who is behind a tranche of racist letters that were mailed to the homes of residents in Abernathy Farm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We want this neighborhood just for white people. Out Hispanics, out Blacks, out Asians," the six-line note reads. Residents begun receiving the letters on Tuesday evening, but some arrived at houses the next day.

Many residents were shocked by what they saw, and those who spoke to the press often didn't provide their second name due to concerns around their safety. Acworth police patrolled around Abernathy Farm on Wednesday, after taking around 12 reports the previous evening.

The letters were delivered in white envelopes: some with names of residents on, some without. None of the notes had a name of a sender. Newsweek has contacted Acworth police for comment on the investigation.

"I mean how in the world can you do this? I just can't understand. There's nothing they can tell me that would make me understand this," one resident called Tim told CBS46.

"I've got a lot of good neighbors around here and I don't think they're going to put up with anything like this at all," another local, Nate, told the news channel.

A woman who lives in the community who identified herself as Williams, said she's lived in the area for more than a decade but she's never felt unease about the colour of her skin until now. She said she was disgusted by the letter.

"I'll take a little precaution when I'm coming in and out. Just watching to see who is watching me like I'm watching them," Williams said.

In June, the city of Acworth formally took a stance against racism and discrimination in its jurisdiction. Acworth's resolution, according to its website, states racism, prejudice and hate "have no place" in the city and it encourages "an inclusive community built on trust and dedication to stand up against all forms of racism."

In a separate incident in on Wednesday, dozens of Klu Klux Klan recruitment fliers were left at homes in the town of Marietta. The leaflets included the name of a KKK church website.

KKK leaflets also arrived the previous week in Peckham, Kay County, just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In July last year, a number of police departments in Virginia launched inquiries after KKK recruitment fliers appeared in towns across the state. Those fliers, which called for people to "pray for white Americans," were linked to the Loyal White Knights, a KKK-affiliated group based in Pelham, North Carolina.

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A man uses a letterbox in Georgia. Police in the city of Acworth, Georgia, are investigating who is behind racist letters that were mailed to the homes of residents in Abernathy Farm from Tuesday evening. Erik S. Lesser/Getty/Newsmakers