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 – sparking a heated debate about racism.
One man, posting under Twitter handle @ElPapishow, said the letter felt like an insult and asked his thousands of followers if they could spot the racist comment.
Responses to the post were torn over the bottom paragraph of the note, which appeared to make to the reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Part of the note, left in London, read: “We sincerely respect your ‘lives’ and space and genuinely believe that it ‘matters’.”
The man posted a photo of the letter with the caption: “Look at this letter my friend got from his neighbour? Can anyone spot the racism or is it us?”
The letter read: “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.
“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.
One response read: “People are missing the fact that more than one thing can be true here. Yes, the receiver could have been too loud and inconsiderate.
“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,” one person wrote.
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?”
A third added: “The racism jumped out in the last paragraph. 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”.
One person wrote: “Stop being an inconsiderate neighbour then running to the ‘race’ card.
“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.”