Internet divided over ‘racist’ noise complaint

A passive aggressive noise complaint has divided the internet after it was shared by an outraged resident – but some claim it’s polite.

A passive aggressive noise complaint has divided the internet after it was shared by an outraged resident – but some claim it’s polite.

The letter was shared on social media, and sparked a heated debate about racism.

“Look at this letter my friend got from his neighbour? Can anyone spot the racism or is it us?” a London man, posting under Twitter handle @ElPapishow, wrote alongside a photo of the note.

Responses to the post were torn over the bottom paragraph of the note, which appeared to make reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Sun reports.

“Dear occupants. Last night (Friday 19 November 2021) you once again decided to play very loud music from before midnight. This carried on till the early morning of Saturday 20 November,” the letter read.

“I am not sure if you realise that the bass sound of the loud music permeates through the walls, ceiling and floor of your apartment and makes it very difficult for us to sleep.

“I hope you understand and appreciate this very genuine grievance of your neighbours.

“We sincerely respect your ‘lives’ and space, and genuinely believe that it ‘matters’. Hope similarly you can respect our lives and the environment that we chose to live in too. Thank you.”

Social media users erupted with fury after taking offence to the letter.

“People are missing the fact that more than one thing can be true here. Yes, the receiver could have been too loud and inconsiderate,” one response read.

“HOWEVER that doesn’t mean you send a letter with racial puns in it. The last paragraph was unnecessary and cowardly. The letter was fine without it.”

Another said: “To those saying this isn’t racist, or questioning whether or not it is, do you think that last paragraph would have been included or phrased like that if the recipients of the letter were white?”

“The racism jumped out in the last paragraph,” a third added.

“The way it is all underlined and the fact they put ‘lives’ and ‘matters’ in quotations marks is pure racism.”

But a number of responses to the post argued the letter isn’t racist and the recipient should focus on showing mutual respect.

Many people argued the noise complaint would’ve been phrased differently if it was being sent to a white tenant, but others said those offended should stop “running to the race card”.

“Stop being an inconsiderate neighbour then running to the ‘race’ card,” one person wrote.

“Respect your neighbours, loud music from my neighbours would definitely warrant them a letter from me as well. Respect is two way!”

Another said: “Nope not racist one bit, if anything it’s asking for mutual respect. Can people like you stop blaring racism at every chance you get. Direct racism for sure do so but this is not racism.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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