White Neighbors Get Taste of Their Own Passive Aggressive Medicine After Threatening to Call Cops on Black Resident
In a move that might win him Black Hero of the Week, Richard Scott Brookshire III, MPA, penned a letter to his passive aggressive white neighbors to let them know exactly where he stood and how he felt about their rudeness. The neighbor’s note reads as follows:
Brookshire opens his response letter alerting his neighbors that “this letter serves as a formal response to a note left by [the white neighbors]” which apparently involved them threatening to call both building management and the police because they felt his voice was too loud.
He continues, “let me be clear in addressing my lack of bother for your grievance and resolve to not be coerced to remedial action by your idle threats or seemingly pervasive white tears”. He then digs deeper into just how absurd their entitlement is, saying that he has “no expressly stated obligation to accommodate your hyper-sensitivities [or] those of your spouse when occupying my home.”
He states that while he can understand and empathize with how frustrating lack of sleep may be, “citing my voice as the root-cause of your incapacity to attain restful slumber is both improbable and juvenile”.
Indeed, an apartment dweller in New York City, just like Mr. Brookshire, can expect to hear all manner of things, including (but not limited to): people arguing, people having sex, babies crying, people walking, children playing, televisions blaring, opera singers practicing (could potentially be great), or shower singers performing (could potentially be awful).
The letter by Brookshire packs even more of a punch given the time he spends explaining why the white neighbors threatening police action for him simply speaking while black. The depth of such an action cannot and should not be ignored. He says, “As a Black man, I take these overt actions as a direct threat to my physical and psychological well-being and as an act of violence upon me (see attached list of the 821 men, women, and children killed by police or in police custody to date in 2016)”
He added an attachment! Not only is this significant for hilarious The Office-style passive aggression, but the attachment perfectly illustrates the solemn and completely serious reasons why their actions moved beyond irritating to actually dangerous.
It is with great entitlement that people living in such close quarters expect to live without hearing their neighbors (and sometimes, random people on the street) also living.