Lord Mayor reveals vile letter sent to him at Town HallPosted by: Ashley Birch
Magid Magid has shared the letter as a ‘harsh reminder of the hate and intolerance’ in society
Sheffield’s outgoing Lord Mayor has used one of his final days to remind people of the hate that still exist in today’s society by revealing a shocking letter that was sent to him at the town hall ‘not long ago’.
The racist letter, which Magid kept in a ‘hate-box’ he felt compelled to keep after mounting abuse, contains vile insults, threats of abuse and is signed off with a referenced to murdered MP Jo Cox.
Magid has published the note, which he struck him like no other across his time in office, to highlight the division within society and to serve as a message of hope for the future.
His statement said: “During my time as Lord Mayor of Sheffield, I was compelled to keep a hate-box in the corner of my parlour, filled with dozens of abusive and hateful letters that were awaiting me at the Town Hall on a regular basis.
“None quite struck me like this one I received not long ago.
“The vile, racist language. The demeaning insults. The threat of harm. The sinister reference to a great woman who was brutally assassinated by a far-right terrorist.
“But I'm not sharing this to ask for sympathy or anger.
“I'm sharing this as a harsh reminder. A reminder of the hate and intolerance that has penetrated the very heart of our communities. A reminder of the difficulties we face in our struggle to build a fairer, more equal society.
“But we can - and will - continue to struggle. We will continue to speak truth to power - nobody can scare us into silence. When the time comes, we will act - and nobody can threaten us into inaction.
“Yes, hate is pervasive and it causes real harm. But by embracing courage, compassion and a vision