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NYC Black Man Who Faced Threats of Cops Coming to his Home, has Epic Response to his Passive Aggressive Neighbor’s ‘Apology’

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NYC Black Man Who Faced Threats of Cops Coming to his Home, has Epic Response to his Passive Aggressive Neighbor’s ‘Apology’

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Earlier this month, Richard Brookshire III of Upper Manhattan in New York City, apartment 6J penned a letter in response to his passive aggressive white neighbors in 5J who threatened to call the police on him in a letter of their own. After that letter went viral, it seems that was not the ending of the story.

Brookshire received yet another note, this time a response to his response. Instead of responding with yet another note, the master of shade took a red pen and graded the note.

In his first note at the top of the page in ruby red ink and fine, cursive script, Brookshire writes, “David, in an effort to provide clarity, I’ve noted where you’ve got me f—– up below. Its important to note that i never called you racist, the defensive tone of this note makes me question whether you truly understood the point of my response…”

The first paragraph of Brookshire’s neighbor’s note says, “I find it extremely distressing that you perceived a racial connotation in [the previous note], for there was none. In fact, I had not been aware of 6J’s regular tenant(s)’ skin colour until your response arrived.”

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Here, Berkshire draws a box around the word “distressing,” with the note “w/c” for “word choice,” another way to say that he should probably rethink his choice of words here. Because a white man’s response to a Black man perceiving racism being distressing for the white person in the situation is confusing and nonsensical. Berkshire then draws brackets around “racial connotation,” an allusion to his first note reminding David he did not call him racist. In regard to 5J’s claim that he was not aware of the race of his neighbor, Berkshire marks that sentence with one word: “improbable.”

David continues digging his own grave: “When I hear a loud and aggressive conversation…my thoughts do not, in fact, include things ‘this must be Black people partying.’ I usually react to overnight disturbances by calling 911, just because this is what a person (of any race) does in this situation.”

Where David says the conversation Berkshire was having was “loud and aggressive,” the latter makes two notes: “w/c,” since David indeed is using a racially charged phrase to describe a Black person (again,) as well as “according to ???,” making it known that his conversation was not loud or aggressive at all (he notes in his previous letter, and elsewhere in these notes that it was work-related). He underlines and circles the last sentence above, and writes of David’s assertion of what all races would do in this situation that this is an “incorrect assumption.”

“I am not an American – I am a Russian Jew,” David writes. Berkshire underlines this, writing in the margins “which makes you white in America.”

“I have a lot of African-American friends,” David says later. Berkshire’s feedback on this is the simple “???”

At the end of the note, David once again apologizes for his tone (but not much else), to which Berkshire draws a box around the apology and asks, “but not the threat?”

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Berkshire concludes his grading with a note at the end, “David, you make many broad assumptions in your letter. You fail to take full accountability for threatening me and continue to exaggerate (while pathologizing me) my actions in the evening of the 5th. I’d like to use this as an opportunity to teach you why your responses have been problematic in the hopes of reaching a resolution. Best, Richard”

Berkshire gave David’s letter a C-.

Facebook users, once again, were amused.

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