“I was angry and, if I’m being honest, I was shocked, too, that someone would mail that,” Harlen said. “I’m not shocked behind the sentiment because I think here, as of late, some of the racial animus, the openly racist things that are occurring, has kind of numbed us to the shock of all of the overt racism, but I think I was taken back by the idea that somebody would go to the length of writing a letter and mailing it.”
West Chester Police Department took the letter as evidence. Barb Wilson, the township’s spokeswoman, said a police report could not be made available until Monday.
“The threat is being taken seriously and there is an active investigation,” Wilson told this news outlet.
Harlen said he and his wife, who are Black, purchased their home in the township in 2009, and have occasionally had a racial epithet hurled at them from someone in a vehicle, but “nothing as deliberate or thought out” as a letter or threats against their property or themselves.
He said he and his wife have concerns about their grandchildren, who visit often.
“When he says (in the letter) ‘a few blocks away,’ that could be behind us, in front of us, on the side of us,” Harlen said.
He said neighbors still show support for President Donald Trump via signs, flags and other displays, and that he and his wife have a right to express their political views without receiving threats.