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Hillsborough County NAACP President receives hate letter filled with racial slurs

Letter addressed to local chapter president
Posted: 9:55 PM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 10:06:31Z
Hills. NAACP President receives racist letter

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police are investigating after the Hillsborough County NAACP received a letter filled with racial slurs.

The letter was dated on October 24. It contained no to return address or signature. Now, police are hoping to find the person who wrote the letter.

It was addressed to Yvette Lewis, the President of the NAACP's Hillsborough County branch. 

"This is really not a democratic issue. This is a race issue. I just want to call it as I see it," said Yvette Lewis, NAACP President of the Hillsborough County branch.

The author wished violence toward Andrew Gillum. 

The letter said, "Make sure that lying, cheating, corrupt piece of garbage, Andrew Gillum, gets a front seat. That way, if the bus crashes he'll be sure to go through the windshield... hurt, bad or worse."

"It was sad that in the year 2018, we continue to have to go through this. We have to endure such racial tones coming out of people's mouth," said Lewis.

ABC Action News reached out to the Chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, Ione Townsend.

Townsend said in a statement, "This is a hateful letter full of speech on its way to be normalized by a President who models and gives license to this kind of speech and disgusting thought. This is unacceptable to most Americans and this letter and its author should not be glorified." 

"We should be able to get along together and should be able to understand that we do have differences, but we're here and we're not going anywhere, despite what the letter is saying," said Lewis. 

ABC Action News reached out to Andrew Gillum's campaign. We have not heard back. 

Tampa Police are continuing to investigate.