Sacramento Bee: Threats, racism intensify against California officials

July 31, 2017

By Taryn Luna

The letter begins with “Dear Corrupt Mexican” and ends with “hurry up and die.” It’s signed “White Power.”

The words were typed on a note card and sent to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Capitol office earlier this year. His staff members put the letter in a file now full of racist and threatening mail in the receptionist’s desk.

Senator Ricardo Lara expects disagreements over his policy perspectives. He believes the behavior is an attempt to intimidate him from doing his work.

“It gets tiring and nerve-racking,” Lara said. “This is what we get confronted with because we’re doing the right thing and fighting for some of the most vulnerable Californians.”

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