This, by all means, should be a non-story. But the fact it's getting media attention warrants its stupidity to be showcased.
29-year-old Richard Brookshire received a note under his door after a friend called him at 1am asking for advice on quitting his job. Brookshire “paced around his Manhattan apartment for a half-hour” and gave his friend advice before going to bed.
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The letter, that he found the next morning read, “It is extremely rude and inconsiderate to scream and stomp around your apartment until almost 2 a.m. A complaint has been submitted to the management. Next time this will go straight to the police. Please learn your manners.”
The note also explained how the man and his wife had to get up early for work and need to sleep.
The triggered Brookshire then told Washington Post, “White people will sometimes speak without thinking of the bigger implications of their actions. They’re just kind of reacting. That kind of speaks to their own privilege.”
Washington Post claims that, “The letter, with its casual threat, represented the difference in perspective between the black man living in apartment 6J and the white man living a floor below, Brookshire said.”
He then tried to invoke controversy regarding police into his own ordeal. “With cops you just never know, especially when it’s late at night. Maybe they’re tired. Maybe they’ll catch an attitude with me. I personally haven’t had the negative reactions with police. But I’m literate. I see how they interact with other people of colour.”
Brookshire decided to write his neighbour a letter back saying,
“I, the tenant of apartment 6J, having secured this rental property through earnings I made and credit I earned, have no inherent or expressly stated obligation to accommodate your hypersensitivities or those of your spouse, when occupying my home.
As one of the only tenants of colour occupying this building at full market rate, I find it personally abhorrent that you’d levy the threat of involving the authorities for an insignificant infraction such as the one you noted in your poorly written and ill-thought-out correspondence.”
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The neighbour, identified as David O by the Washington Post said the note had nothing to do with race.
Well, duh. He also asked that his full name not be used.
According to Washington Post, David O said, “his wife just wanted to sleep. They didn’t know Brookshire was black until the post went viral. He said his upstairs neighbour was cursing and yelling, and it sounded like he was arguing.”
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David O isn't backing down either. He wrote a letter back to Brookshire saying, “I know this was probably dictated by the tone of my note, but please do not perceive me as just another narrow-minded white p— scared of anything outside of his little white world. I have nothing in common with such people, and I would like to emphasize it once (again) that my note yesterday, rude as it was, was nothing more than a response to a late-night disturbance.”
He left his name, his number and his email address and encouraged his neighbour to come talk. “You know where we live,” he added.
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