A Bay Area woman, Nancy Arechiga, was arrested this weekend after being caught on film putting xenophobic letters on the front doors of people of color who live in her neighborhood.
The incident received attention on Saturday after San Leandro resident Trinny Wynn, posted pictures of the suspect on Facebook.
“This happened today, a white woman wearing a USA beanie targeted People of color homes with this letter at their front doors,” Wynn wrote in her Facebook post. “This occurred in a quiet and well diverse middle-class community in San Leandro. My family’s house was also targeted.. We were able to capture all this on camera. There is no room for this hateful and despicable behavior in this society.”
“If you are a woman or man and was born in other country, return, go back to your land, immediatly, fast, with urgency,” Arechiga said in her racist and xenophobic letter. “If you are a woman was born [sic] in other country takes [sic] your children with you, under 21 years old… We the people do ordain to you to leave this house. One American, white, brave, that serves the nation of USA is going to live here,” she added.
The post was then brought to the attention of San Leandro’s former mayor, Stephen Cassidy. He then notified Ms. Wynn that he had sent her post to the chief of police as well as San Leandro’s current Mayor, Paulene Russo Cutter.
A few hours later, Cassidy said that he was notified that the suspect had been arrested.