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Black Man's Response to Neighbor's Letter About Being Quiet

This Black Man Wrote an Epic Letter in Response to His White Neighbors' Noise Complaint

Living in a city, you can expect some noise if you reside in an apartment building. There's a difference, however, between loudly blaring music and merely existing. So when Richard Scott Brookshire received a note complaining about his noisiness the night before — when he was simply talking in his home — from his neighbors, he was understandably distressed and wrote a letter back that has since gone viral.

Here is the original note from the neighbors, which exudes passive aggression:

And here is Brookshire's response. "Though I emphasize with the emotional distress brought on by sleep deprivation, citing my voice as the root-cause of your incapacity to attain restful slumber is both improbable and juvenile," Brookshire writes.

Although the letter is framed as a noise complaint, there's an undercurrent of discrimination, at least according to Brookshire. He also alludes that the neighbors are white by writing comments like "pervasive white tears" and addresses the neighbors' threat to "go straight to the police" if his alleged noise continues. "As one of the only tenants of color 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."

Brookshire's letter remains on his neighbors' door as of this morning, so it's unclear whether they've read it or not. However, Brookshire notes that the same couple has received many noise complaints in the past, according to his building manager.

We've reached out to Brookshire for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

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