A racist letter to the "filthy" Filipino community

What the hell? This was shared on Facebook and passed along by several readers... This letter, purporting initially to be from the "California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering & Cosmetology," was apparently mailed to Derek Valencia, who lives in American Canyon, California.

It starts off with a bunch official-sounding legal speak about a revoked cosmetology license, but if you read on, it quickly devolves into some real racist bullshit directed at the "filthy" Filipino community, signed by "Concerned American Canyon Neighbors." Here's the full text of the letter, transcribed:

California Department of Consumer Affairs
Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

Maria Aida Ignacio Brandes aka Maria 'Lenny' Ignacio
Cosmetolgist-License #234099
421 Knightsbridge Way
American Canyon, CA 94503
DOB 10 September 1950

Subj: Haircutting/Styling Practices Under Revoked License

According to the State of California Licensing & the concerned neighborhood residence in close proximity to your dwelling find the above referenced license currently holds a status which carry restrictions from a disciplinary action brought against you as noted below:

License issued on 1 February 1991
Expiry 28 February 2013
Accusation filed on 22 November 2010.
Revocation effective date 4 January 2012

Note: Nguyen, Minh T.N. also covered under Lic #234099 at the time of the date accusation.

Be advised that under California statues "Any person providing certain services for a fee is required to be licensed by the California Board of Barbering & Cosmetology".
Those services include (but are not limited to) hair cutting, hair dressing and styling, nail care, skin care, removal of superfluous hair, permanent removal of unwanted hair and the application of makeup.

Be advised from concerned local citizens that you may not be within jurisdiction to perform noted services includes in the statutes cited above. This would include the maintenance & care of known male/female/male child relations in current residence at 103 Ford Drive, American Canyon, cA 94503 since early 2010.

Ms. Brandes, be advised that you are potentially in breach of current State of California rules/regulations and subject to fines.

In addition, the American Canyon Filipino community as filthy as it is. [Illegible] unwanted as it is...... doesn't need to bring additional unwarranted/unlicensed practices which assists in bringing down the already downward spiraling property values in our area.

We are attempting to have our community a law abiding one, without having yet another gang of Filipino scum such as yourself and married daughters who have attempted to assimilate into this once clean non-Filipino dominated area in American Canyon (Napa Junction) which includes those of your female offspring who have aligned themselves with CAUCASION husbands to assist in ensuring their half-breed children have "straight noses" in order to be accepted in non-Filipino society.

Yours Truly,
Concerned American Canyon Neighbors
Obviously, this is bullshit. Who the hell goes out of their way to compose hateful trash like this? Typos and all. What is the point? I don't exactly know who received this letter, but it's obviously intended to hurt and intimidate. Is this not a hate crime? That's racist!

If anyone can provide more information about this letter, or is aware of any further action, please let me know.

UPDATE: Derek, who received the letter and shared it on Facebook, went to the police department to report it. He's apparently not the only person who received the letter. It's like mass snail mail racist hate spam or something. Who does that?

If you live in the American Canyon area, and also received a mailing like this, I encourage you to report to it authorities to give it the attention it deserves, and pressure police to get to the bottom of it.

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