Death threats at interracial couple not a hate crime?
“Get out of town n*****or u die”!
That was the content of the note taped to the cinder block that came crashing through Ellis and Jennifer Weatherspoon’s kitchen window on June 13th around midnight; crashing the coffee pot too. The note was signed KKK. Ellis was with his 3 yr old son, Elijah, at the time. Luckily none of them got hit.
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On Wednesday, plastic lined the interracial couple’s home to cover the spiked hole left behind. The couple and their son, now afraid, are forced to sleep in their truck, away from home...
See Ellis who is Black has been with his girlfriend Jennifer (White) for 7 years. The couple consider themselves married. They even share the same last name.
According to the couple, people said they were going to burn them out when they first moved into their Turtletown trailer, Polk County, in February… remarks they chose to ignore then. But that wasn’t the end of it. Apparently, there have been other incidents including verbal threats which they never reported because the couple didn’t think they were serious.
So here comes the disheartening bit: The sheriff office didn't classify the cinder block incident as a hate crime but just a mere act of vandalism and damage . “If it is some kind of hate crime, then we will look into it and see if it needs to go that avenue,” said Polk County Sheriff Bill Davis. The sheriff says this is the first case of a racial kind that comes to mind since he started working here in 2006. Security near their home hasn’t been beefed up since the incident.
In short, the sheriff's office doesn’t think the situation is serious enough. Clearly, no one in this county of Tennessee wants to see their town for what is truly is: A town that frowns upon a black person in a relationship with their own (White). Since Tennessee doesn't have a hate crime law, how can such racial hatred be cured?
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