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Friday, March 11, 2016

Throwback Racism: Bigoted, KKK-Worthy Hate Mail For Mario Woods Attorney

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM

click to enlarge Vintage racism. - DEWITT LACY/FACEBOOK
  • DeWitt Lacy/Facebook
  • Vintage racism.

DeWitt Lacy
is an attorney with the Law Offices of John Burris, the prominent civil rights firm retained by the families of Mario Woods and Alex Nieto in the high-profile civil rights lawsuits filed against the San Francisco Police Department following Woods' and Nieto's shooting deaths at the hands of police. (A verdict was reached yesterday in the Nieto case; a jury found that Nieto, who was shot at over 50 times while armed with a Taser, was not killed unlawfully or with excessive force.)

Every so often, Lacy, a Bayview resident and former candidate for supervisor in the neighborhood, receives a letter in the mail or via email such as the anonymous letter above, which he received recently and posted to Facebook last night. When this happens, he does not typically say anything — "I usually don't talk about it with anyone," he told SF Weekly — but chose to share this shimmering example of 1950s-era worthy bigotry after speaking with his wife and friends.

Because: really, this shit still happens in 2016.

click to enlarge Civil rights attorney DeWitt Lacy. - DEWITT LACY/TWITTER
  • DeWitt Lacy/Twitter
  • Civil rights attorney DeWitt Lacy.
Lacy says he has no idea who may have sent the letter or if they are affiliated with the SFPD. (The SFPD, to its credit, has repeatedly publicly denounced instances of racism, and its chief, Greg Suhr, has welcomed the federal Justice Department to do a review of his force.)

He says they tend to arrive whenever he or his firm is in the news — which lately has been often.

He also says that the letter should not surprise you: the mentality that leads people (we use the term loosely here; a more appropriate descriptor would be "bottom-feeding protozoan") to feel empowered to engage in Jim Crow-era bullying is the same mentality that leaves people like Woods and Nieto dead in the street.

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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