A mum-of-one is scared to leave the house after she and a neighbour recieved threatening and racist notes saying ‘ni***rs and monkeys who live here, get out’.
Dee Mundembe feels vulnerable at her home in Basildon, Essex, and worries about attacks on her seven-year-old autistic son. She had already been relocated to a different street by the council in 2015 after a racially charged attack in which people tried to break into the house.
A shocking note posted through her letterbox on Friday says: ‘I am delivering this message to all you ‘ni***rs monkeys who live here. Get out and leave us – not wanted here. Seeing you every time I pass through your house I feel [like] killing you all.’
The unknown sender then writes ‘shedding blood’ in red pen, adding ‘Go away before it’s too late you blacks – monkeys’. The following Dee’s neighbour, who is also black, received a similar note. Both letters had more hateful bile on the other side including ‘Go back [to] where you come from’.
Recalling the moment she picked up the note, Dee said: ‘I read it, I went to sit on the stairs and I read it again. I called my other half and I sent him a picture of the letter. I was shocked and after the shock it was just fear. I’m in my house by myself with my son, there’s no one here to protect me.
‘My son is seriously autistic and also suffers seizures. If anything was to happen to me my son would be none the wiser.
‘I started feeling very anxious. It could be people that live around me and now I’m very fearful. I feel like isolating myself, I’m not comfortable leaving my house.’
Dee, 25, has taken time off from her job at Royal Mail as a result of the incident. After her next door neighbour received a similar note the following day, they contacted Essex Police who told them they would be in touch within five to seven working days.
After sharing the letter on social media, prompting Basildon MPs John Baron and Stephen Metcalfe to take an interest in the case, Dee says officers spoke to her at her home today.
Dee says she is determined not to let the ongoing investigation ‘fizzle out’ as it did when she was attacked in 2015.
She is no stranger to racist remarks on social media but says these are easier to ignore because there’s a ‘barrier and a distance between you and the person’.
Dee added: ‘This is my front door. The place where I’m supposed to feel safe’.
It comes as riots continue to rumble on in cities across the US over the death of unarmed and handcuffed black man George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman.
Protests have since spread across the world including at London’s Hyde Park where thousands have gathered today.
While racial tensions are at a high in the US, Dee says Britain should pay close attention to problems closer to home.
She added: ‘It’s very much apparent here but I think it’s easier for us to sweep it under the rug in the UK as opposed to actually making scenes about it.’
Dee is ‘very hopeful’ that the current backlash over Mr Floyd’s death will lead to meaningful change but fears the issue fading away once ‘media hype dies down’.
She worries that as long as people in a position of authority can get away with acts of racism, then this will empower people to express their hateful views in the open.
Dee’s MP John Baron said: ‘I am aware of the abhorrent racist letters which were posted through the letter boxes of a resident in Basildon, causing significant distress.
‘I utterly condemn such behaviour and those choosing to act in the manner must be brought to justice. I am in touch with Essex Police about this and am monitoring progress carefully.’
Essex Police’s Supt Bonnie Moore, said: ‘These are particularly unpleasant incidents the victims have had to endure.
‘My officers continue to support them and have been carrying out their inquiries to fully understand the circumstances surrounding them.
‘We will carry out a thorough investigation, however, that investigation is still in its early stages.’