Grosse Pointe Shores man receives hate mail because of Black Lives Matter sign

Attorney plans on informing high ranking authorities about letter

Local attorney shocked after receiving hate letter for supporting racial justice movement

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. – A local attorney who was recently ticketed for his Black Lives Matter sign now has a new set of problems.

While the ticket was thrown out, Todd Perkins is dealing with hate mail being sent to his home.

“I open it and I was flabbergasted,” said Perkins.

It was the last thing Perkins was expecting to find when opening up a stack of mail.

“The irony of it is at the time, I’m doing a Zoom call with African American males about knowing your rights,” said Perkins.

Inside the letter sent to his Grosse Pointe Shores home was a poem full of racial slurs and signage designed to be a jab at his Black Lives Matter sign in the front yard.

“I just want to know why people think this. Why do people think that Black Lives Suck,” said Perkins.

Perkins says this is one of the reasons why the movement for social justice continues.

“After that, there is an element of fear. It’s an element of intimidation. There’s outrage that what we all talk about still exists,” said Perkins.

He is now taking the matter to the police in hopes of them finding out who was responsible for sending the hate filled letter.

“We’re living in an environment where it is fine to do so. Hopefully, that will change,” said Perkins.

Perkins says he is in the process of drafting up a joint letter to US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessell and Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy.

There was a return address on the hate mail sent to Perkins. Law officials are looking into the legitimacy of the origin of the location written on the envelope.

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