West Seattle Crime Watch: Racist, threatening hate note left on Pigeon Point family’s porch


By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“When you have two beautiful mixed race babies and you find this on your front porch. I am just thankful they can’t read yet.”

That’s how Stephanie Endres began her message to social-media friends late Tuesday night, after returning to her Pigeon Point home and discovering a racist, threatening hate note on her porch.

You can see it here – too much profanity for us to publish it as is, but here’s a redacted transcription:


We don’t publish crime victims’ names without their permission; Endres granted hers, as well as permission to republish what she posted on Facebook. Multiple people contacted us after reading it, including her friend Brandy, who wrote, “She is a pillar in our community advocating to prevent homelessness. She has two beautiful bi-racial children and is now afraid for their safety. Please spread the word and inform our community.”

Stephanie’s advocacy, in fact, was featured here on WSB last fall, when she raised money to collect and distribute backpacks for kids in need. She is founder of Stephanie’s Lifeline/HOPE (Homeless Outreach Prevention and Education).

Last night, she concluded her post about the note: “This hate has got to stop. The coward who left this couldn’t even do it while we were home. Truly makes me uncomfortable to know people like this are in my neighborhood/community.”

When we reached her to follow up on others’ messages about her post, she told us, “We found the note around 930 pm and I have notified the police and filed a report. It will be treated as a hate crime and they will be investigating it.”

We will follow up on that later today.

ADDED 12:10 PM: SPD has just summarized this on SPD Blotter, including the answer to the question we’ve had out to them since this morning: “Police collected the letter and evidence and are now investigating the letter as a case of malicious harassment, Washington’s hate crime statute.”

97 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Racist, threatening hate note left on Pigeon Point family's porch"

  • B.K. July 27, 2016 (3:00 am)

    Despicable thing for some cowardly person to do. I hope they catch whoever did this. 

  • Lisa July 27, 2016 (5:28 am)

    I would suggest that Stephanie get a security camera for her home to catch this person in a photo as it seems likely he/she will return. We had to put up cameras after a break in and it was the best decision ever.  I feel like our home has some level of protection now.

    • Nona Bannon July 27, 2016 (11:11 pm)

      Great idea Lisa!  I was thinking the same thing.

  • miws July 27, 2016 (5:29 am)

    Stephanie, I’m sorry this happened to you and your family.  It’s terrible that hate like this happens anywhere, but especially in our otherwise wonderful community of West Seattle. 

    I hope that whoever did this can somehow be discovered, (maybe the perp “bragging” about it to someone else, and they turn the person in?) and be prosecuted for a hate crime. 

    West Seattle, nor anywhere is any place for hate.


  • WestSeattleCoug July 27, 2016 (6:13 am)

    I am so sorry that you have to experience this sort of extreme narrow-minded bigotry that we are trying so hard to eradicate here in America. As we all have come to realize, Donald Trump’s true motto is “Let’s make America HATE again.” Let’s just hope that the ballot box will shine a light on cowards and bullies like the person who left this note that they are now no longer wanted and they should leave because they are not Americans.

    • Andy July 28, 2016 (6:29 am)

      To WestSeattleCoug: I’ve not heard, nor seen in print, any statement by Donald Trump like what you suggest. This note is so outrageous that I would not be too surprised if it were written in order to enflame passions in an effort to discredit Republicans. Believe it or not, there are people on the left of the political spectrum who would also resort to this kind of hateful speech in order to further their agenda. I totally oppose this kind of hate talk, and speaking as a Republican voter, I can assure the readers of this blog that most Republicans, who by the way, would like to bring more minorities into our party, are as outraged as you.

  • Jon July 27, 2016 (6:14 am)

    This reads like a bad hoax. The “GO TRUMP!!!” bit along with the forced ignorant spelling is what seems especially out of place and forced.

    If someone meant what they wrote, hopefully someone at least has a security camera that might have caught whomever placed the note. Has she asked neighbors if they saw anything?

    • Mike July 27, 2016 (7:11 am)

      Sadly, there really are people that dumb to make a letter like this and they truly believe what they write/say.  As a mixed race family, I never forget how many dumb people there are and always keep a watchful eye out for people like the person that left this note.  The Trump part is highlighting a bigger issue our nation is facing right now, a growing number of enraged individuals who are using politics to spout their hate on the biggest platform in the world, the presidential election.  I don’t like Ted Cruz, but I liked what he said and agree  “vote your conscience”.   If there’s one thing the 2016 election has highlighted, it’s how many ignorant and racist people still exist in the USA from every spectrum.

    • Monica July 27, 2016 (2:28 pm)

      Yes, she and her family are putting up cameras and asking neighbors if they have any info. Although it sounds absurd to some, this hate crime did occur. This was something that was done to intentionally hurt this family. Not a hoax. It’s not her fault it says, “Go T****!!!” You’ll find that many white people are responding with disbelief, while many people of color are not too surprised, as they have seen similar first-hand. Blatant hate crimes do happen. Similarly, many experiences of people of color in regards to racist words and actions, including microaggressions are unknown to white people, unless someone they know tells them about it. 

      • Jon July 27, 2016 (7:39 pm)

        “Microaggressions”, oh boy…

        You bring more problems into the world assuming that just because someone doesn’t have the same color skin as yours that they haven’t experienced the same or similar problems and hardships. That goes for anyone, by the way.

        • Monica July 28, 2016 (2:44 pm)

          Hi Jon,

          I’m white. The challenges faced by people of color are different than those of people who are white. I think it is important to listen to people of color about their experiences, hear their stories, and respond with compassion and sometimes self-examination, rather than dismiss them or compare my own troubles. I would appreciate it if you would use, “I-statements,” such as, “I feel…” or “My thought is…” if you respond, rather than than telling me, “You bring more problems into the world…”  

      • Mary July 29, 2016 (12:35 pm)

        I heard there was a site to fund a security system for Stephanie’s house. Can’t find it. Anyone know where to find it?

  • Dan July 27, 2016 (6:28 am)

    It is hard to believe people in this day and age would do something like that…

    Mixed kids are beautiful and the future…

    WSB please let us know if they ever figure out who did this so we can ostracize them…

    I also find it curious they wrote something about Trump at the end which almost makes this seem like a political stunt by the writer …in this terrible political time we are in…

  • Gina July 27, 2016 (7:08 am)

    Reads like the long form of graffiti seen around schools the past year. 

  • Joan July 27, 2016 (7:21 am)

    This is so disturbing and devastating to know the extent of racism in some people’s hearts. Wow, very sad and a complete waste of a life. This person does  not represent Seattle, nor the U.S. Hope he is caught.

  • jkp July 27, 2016 (7:29 am)

    many years ago, stephanie was a student in my high school class.   she is an awesome person with an infectious personality and  solid values.  i am sure she is a fabulous mom.  

    it is terrible though not surprising that someone felt it was ok to do something like this, to her or to anyone.  those people are out there, though the vast majority of people in our greater seattle community are generally welcoming and inclusive.

    this is an unwelcome, frightening wake up call that reminds us our values are not shared by all but we can show them with our words of support for stephanie and her family and our actions that their bigoted perspective has no place in a diverse society.  

    sorry, trump, you and those who blindly follow your rhetoric will always lose in my opinion.   

  • Marina July 27, 2016 (7:35 am)

    Stephanie, we’ve got your back! 

  • Norma July 27, 2016 (7:39 am)

    I know what it feels like to have your private property violated but not in this horrible racist and threatening way.  Our property was trespassed by someone of color and that was made into a racist issue by commenters on this blog.  (Not WSB fault!)They even tried to blame the President for it.  I’m so sorry it happened to you and your family.  The world has always had mixed race people.  In fact we are probably all mixed race but just don’t look like it.  This is how the world developed.  We still have a lot to learn about getting along don’t we?  Prayers for peace and love in your future.

  • sc July 27, 2016 (7:41 am)

    Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes.”

    Ayn Rand

  • cil July 27, 2016 (7:49 am)

    Does anyone know a place in our world where racism doesn’t exist? If so, I’d like to move there. This person is sick. I’m so very sorry you and your children had to experience this hate crime.

    • Monica July 27, 2016 (2:38 pm)

      Nope, and we can’t beat racism by running away from it. We’ve got to keep fighting it here and now, in all its blatant AND hidden forms.

  • pam July 27, 2016 (7:55 am)

    Let’s start a love note campaign to Stephanie and her family! 


    • WSguy July 27, 2016 (11:37 am)

      Love this Pam! We need to counter this kind of ignorant negativity with positive action. The person who wrote and posted this needs to know that they and their views are not welcome in our community.

  • Ann July 27, 2016 (8:03 am)

    This makes me sick. Stephanie – You and your family are in my thoughts and I hope the ignorant note writer is caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

  • Kayo July 27, 2016 (8:09 am)

    Ugh.  This is beyond upsetting.  I’ve seen hate speech like this on a conservative Facebook page I’ve been watching lately out of morbid curiosity (it is almost unbelievable how much racist and sexist hate speech I’ve seen there).   Trump has absolutely emboldened these people to come out from under their rocks and show their true colors.  Stephanie, I am so sorry this happened to you and that you feel unsafe now.   I think the majority of your West Seattle neighbor’s are horrified that this happened to you and support you.  

  • West Seattle since 1979 July 27, 2016 (8:11 am)

    Stephanie, so sorry this happened to you.   I hope the person who did this can be found and prosecuted.  

  • Diane July 27, 2016 (8:19 am)

    This is very disconcerting.  I am African American and have lived on Pigeon Point for 20 years.  This feels like Seattle in the 60’s.  Frightening to think we are heading backward. 

    • Monica July 27, 2016 (2:33 pm)

      Your neighbors are coming together to show support and love. I’m not sure how to connect you with them, but I hope you’ll see them. <3

  • Cid July 27, 2016 (8:19 am)

    So sorry this happened to you and your family! The Vote Trump! tells you everything you need to know about this miserable, fearful, coward. I always think of Seattle as being more inclusive than other areas of the country,  guess not. 

    • JB Harrison July 27, 2016 (5:58 pm)

      I guess we love and tolerate everyone, unless they vote for a candidate we don’t like. I agree that this note was reprehensible. Why do people who espouse tolerance in one breath, in the next denounce everyone generically in a political group by pre-judging them. (sound familiar?) We’ve lost the ability to have a civil debate, or even civil disagreement. I think it is OK to love our neighbor and still have different beliefs. 

  • DumplingGirl July 27, 2016 (8:23 am)

    How terrible and frightening. Stephanie, I’m so sorry this happened to you and your family! This racist coward needs to be caught and prosecuted.

  • sam-c July 27, 2016 (8:24 am)

    Stephanie and family, So sorry to hear that this disgusting coward attacked you with these hateful words.    Awful

    I hope that a neighbor has some security camera footage to catch the criminal.  

  • duwamesque July 27, 2016 (8:29 am)

    I don’t think there is any reason to believe this is a hoax or anything other than genuine, premeditated racist intimidation. The “white lives matter” comment fits in well with an axe to grind by some white loser too cowardly to state his views in person. There can be no doubt that Trump is now a rallying cry for this nation’s sordid underbelly of closet racists and bigots. We should all be profoundly concerned.

  • AmandaKH July 27, 2016 (8:32 am)

    Stephanie, you are a shining example of what is so great about this country, and that person, is a coward (among other words that won’t get published).  Please know that you are loved and supported by this community.

  • gigelsmith July 27, 2016 (8:40 am)

    Hopefully they can pull prints from the note and arrest the racist a-hole that did this. I am deeply saddened by the decline of our so called civilization.

    I am sorry your family has to even think about this person and their ignorance at all.

    They are most likely a neighbor or somebody that frequents the neighborhood so I hope they catch them soon.

    We should erect a pillory to shame these awful people that hide behind their notes and online forums.

  • Ann July 27, 2016 (9:43 am)

    Stephanie – I’m so sorry this happened to you. It is despicable and I know this is not an accurate representation of the West Seattle community. I’ve just made a donation to the Urban League as a gesture to counteract this stupidity.  http://www.urbanleague.org

  • angelescrest July 27, 2016 (9:56 am)

    How to change the mindset of someone so depraved who would do this.  It’s horrifying; I feel so badly for Stephanie.  Yeah, I’ve got your back, and you’re in my thoughts. 

  • dsa July 27, 2016 (10:02 am)

    It is likely a neighbor or a friend of a neighbor.

  • Tina July 27, 2016 (10:03 am)

    Stephanie, so saddened to hear that this happened to you and your family. Please know that the larger West Seattle family loves and supports you and your children and let us know if there’s anything we (as complete strangers) can do to help make you feel more comfortable again in your home and community. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • alkistu July 27, 2016 (10:25 am)

    I wonder what motivates Trump supporters. After watching a BBC report interviewing Trump supporters in Bakersfield Ca. the sentiment and motivations primarily looks like this horrible note. 

  • Heidi Jo July 27, 2016 (10:36 am)

    What can we do to show support for this family, and all families in this neighborhood? 

  • Seattle parent July 27, 2016 (11:11 am)

    Stephanie–I am so sorry that this happened to you.  I am crying as I write this.  We don’t want to live in a community where this could happen.  But it did happen, and I am so sorry.  I wish I could hug you and your beautiful family!

  • quinkygirl July 27, 2016 (11:23 am)

    Seattle has just as much racism as any other part of the country, even among my fellow progressives. We are sometimes just better at hiding it behind colorblindness or other dodges. The whole country needs to do better! I’m so sorry that this woman and her family were terrorized in this way. :(

    • East Coast Cynic July 27, 2016 (1:03 pm)

      Yes @quinkygirl, Seattle isn’t much better than the rest of the country even though it’s public relations says otherwise.  This city is much better at talking around its race issues and chalking them up as exceptions rather than as part of a broader problem.  I would call Seattle centrist rather than progressive.  Hopefully, they will catch the person/persons that perpetrated this crime on the Endres family.

  • JoB July 27, 2016 (11:54 am)

    it’s terrible when the safety of our families are threatened
    even worse when it comes from ignorant bullies emboldened by a blatant political strategy.
    if there is anything we can do.. please let us know

  • AJP July 27, 2016 (11:57 am)

    This is truly disgusting. 

  • Megan July 27, 2016 (12:07 pm)

    Absolutely abhorrent. I’m so sorry this was done to you. :(

  • ScubaFrog July 27, 2016 (12:09 pm)

    Stephanie I’m so sorry you were targeted.  This election has clearly inspired the dumbest among us.

    Love and positive energy to you and your family.  The community that I’ve come to love in West Seattle celebrates diversity.  These bigoted, racist  terrorists and their hatred will never win.  We’ve got you, and your family’s back!

  • Alisha July 27, 2016 (12:18 pm)

    Yes Stephanie, we have your back! This is NOT Seattle. I’m horrified and angry that someone would do this to you.  

  • Chrissy July 27, 2016 (12:22 pm)

    As your neighbors, we want your family to know that we are horrified by this and you have way more support than those who wrote this letter.  I’m glad you came forward with this. The community can rally together with love, support and non violence to help when we are informed of these injustices. 

  • Oonagh Mahnke July 27, 2016 (12:22 pm)

    I found this link set up awhile ago for donations to Stephanie’s HOPE organization: https://www.gofundme.com/BackPACKSBringHOPE/donate

    Maybe we can all contribute and show these hateful people that their disgusting words only bring out the best in the rest of us. “When they go low, we go high!”

    • WSB July 27, 2016 (12:29 pm)

      Thanks, OM. The link in our story, where we mention having featured her work here last November, is about the backpacks project – don’t know if the GFM is still active (crowdfunding campaigns are usually closed-ended) but there are donation links on her Stephanie’s Lifeline site. http://www.stephanieslifeline.org/donate.html

  • SRL July 27, 2016 (12:26 pm)

    I’m so sorry, Stephanie. As a multiracial family with black children, this hits close to home. Totally unacceptable and must be prosecuted. Your community loves you. I hope this one hateful person doesn’t change your perspective at all–you are amazing and have a beautiful family!

  • AmyB July 27, 2016 (12:27 pm)

    I don’t know you, Stephanie, but my heart goes out to you. This is a shameful and hateful act, whether it was meant seriously or as some horrible prank (my reaction to the comment about the spelling, etc.) From what everyone says, you are a wonderful person. So know that I am another person, not too far from where you live, who has your back, and will not tolerate such disgusting hate.

  • Love July 27, 2016 (12:51 pm)

    I am so sorry someone did this, Stephanie.  Please know that your community supports and cares for you and your family.  I hope that that will be your focus in the coming days/weeks.  We DO have your back.

  • twicksea July 27, 2016 (1:00 pm)

    Horrifying.  I don’t know you, Stephanie, but please count us as another voice to stand with you and your family to speak out against this kind of unacceptable hate.  Thank you for the work you do to support our community and to raise kids who will not grow up with this kind of hate in their hearts.  Surely, we as a society, are better than this. Here’s to standing together to support equality, justice and peace.   

  • The Velvet Bulldog July 27, 2016 (1:28 pm)

    Dear Idiot Note-Writer: Congratulations! You just came up with an amazing fundraising idea for Stephanie Endres’ community program. For every N-word in your note, I am donating $10 to Stephanie’s Lifeline! Thank you for inspiring myself and others to actively contribute to organizations that make a positive difference in our community and in our society. 

    Really, you should let us know who you are so we can give you credit. 
    • Monica July 27, 2016 (2:40 pm)


  • WestSeattleCoug July 27, 2016 (1:38 pm)

    I was so horrified by this story that I felt compelled to comment early on. Seeing all the wonderful and supporting comments since then got me inspired to forward the blog link to KOMO News. They have a reporter on their way and it will be on the evening news. This is the Seattle that I know and love…

  • Laura Gray July 27, 2016 (1:42 pm)

    I am so sorry that this has happened Stephanie.  I don’t understand this level of hate, but please know that you have a lot of support in this community.  

  • BB July 27, 2016 (2:07 pm)

    This is sickening and I’m so sorry this happened to this family.  We must make it known that this is not tolerated in our community!  

  • WSguy July 27, 2016 (2:29 pm)

    There’s also a fund setup for the purchase of surveillance cameras for her home: https://www.unified4people.com/home/campaign/1117

  • West Seattleite July 27, 2016 (2:39 pm)

    I have a multi-cultural, racial, national marriage. I’ve experienced not one, but two crosses burned on my lawn (in rural Illinois due to religious not racial bigotry). The building was later intentionally burned down.  I take bigotry seriously. I’m no Trump fan but boy does this feel like a hoax. Poor Stephanie may be frightened for little more than to score cheap political points during election season. Whatever the motivation can we all agree the person that did this is a vile piece of *%#!  

    As to hoax trends, see:


  • Tracie July 27, 2016 (2:58 pm)

    I am so afraid that racist people now feel they have permission to do horrible things like this, thanks to Trump’s rhetoric. This makes me so sad. Please vote to be sure it does not get even worse.  And watch out for each other.  Be safe all. 

  • LS July 27, 2016 (3:12 pm)

    A couple of years ago, my boyfriend and I were on a walk in our neighborhood with our little dog. At the corner of 42nd and Findlay, our dog stepped onto the dead lawn of one of the houses. We could hear someone inside start shouting about getting the dog off his lawn. The rant felt violent and was full of  profanity, scaring me half to death. As we continued walking, whoever was doing the shouting starting calling my boyfriend (who is black) a n***er. I was appalled and astounded to hear such language in our usually quite and friendly neighborhood. That person still lives in the house and every time I walk past, I do so with the utmost caution, and a little fear. I will never be able to figure out what causes so much hatred towards people who are different that you.

  • Brita Long July 27, 2016 (3:49 pm)

    Our neighborhood, Pigeon Point, is amazing.  We have signs for our neighbors to display that says:

    “Welcome to the amazingly cool Pigeon Point Neighborhood.  No hate in our hood.  Please.”    We are a tight knit neighborhood and this behavior is not tolerated in our hood.

    • WSB July 27, 2016 (4:01 pm)

      Thanks, Brita. I’m sure you’re crawling with TV trucks up there now; we are hoping to go up soon and will photograph whatever we see, so that anybody reading our story on this but not checking the comments is aware of the outpouring! – Tracy

  • Enid July 27, 2016 (4:42 pm)

    David Duke,  former leader and Grand Wizard of the KKK, recently announced he is once more running for public office.  His inspiration?   Donald Trump.  If nothing else, the Trump candidacy has revealed the hideous, hateful underbelly of the Land of the Free.

  • Denise July 27, 2016 (5:01 pm)


    I have nothing to add to this conversation, but it makes me angry that you can’t feel safe in your neighborhood and that someone has done such a heinous thing.

    I, too, have your back.

  • Double Dub Resident July 27, 2016 (5:15 pm)

    I suppose I should preface this. I’m no Trump supporter.  In fact,  i despise him and his fear based rhetoric.  My marriage is interracial and I have a beautiful bi-racial daughter.  And I find this type of stuff appalling.  But there  seems to be a few replies implying that racism merely comes from white conservatives. 

      Having a multicultural family of Filipino,  Japanese,  Samoan,  black,  Portuguese,  etc. haBing friends of different ethnicities, having lived in poor neighborhoods as a kid;  having worked with people of many different ethnicities; I have seen first hand ( for example having to fight as a kid and defend myself merely because I was white living in predominantly black and Latino) of people of many different ethnicities demonstrate racism. I have seen Asians demonstrate racism and hate against other types of Asians.  Asians  against blacks, Latino  against other types of Latinos, Latinos  against blacks and visa versa, and minorities against whites. 

    I think if this country is going to have an honest conversation about racism, which needs to happen,  then it needs to address  all racism and not just the perceived monopoly on it that whites seems to have. 

    But I digress, this type of hate I don’t understand.  MLK jr. spoke of judging someone by the content of their characer rather than the coLord of their skin.  Whoever did this is seriously lacking in character. 

  • Double Dub Resident July 27, 2016 (5:19 pm)

    My phones spellcheck actually spelled a couple of words wrong,  *sigh*

  • YoVern July 27, 2016 (5:21 pm)

    I am a conservative Republican and know many like minded people. Of all of the people I know and associate with, not one of us would do such a horrid thing. It would not surprise me in the least to find that it was a extreme leftist doing it as campaign mischief.  It certainly would not be the first time.

    Being the father of mixed race children, We’ve caught our share of rudeness from fellow Seattleites through the years, but thankfully nothing this evil.

    My warmest to this young family.  You will find that that kind of people is not common, but there will always be a few. Hopefully, you never experience anything like this again.

  • alyca July 27, 2016 (5:21 pm)

    This sucks.  My husband and I live in Pigeon Point and are an interracial couple (black/white).  Scary to think that this may not be the safe, accepting neighborhood we thought we lived in.  I want my future child(ren) to be able to play outside and not need to worry about this kind of terrifying hate.

  • LG July 27, 2016 (5:56 pm)

    I,  too, stand in solidarity with Stephanie and other families and neighbors who are subjected to this disgusting bigotry. Not on My Watch!

    West Seattelite:  Just an FYI, the source that you shared for identifying hate crime hoaxes is Milo Yiannopoulos who regularly shares misogynistic and racist posts.  So much so, he was permanently removed from Twitter.  In his own words: http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2016/07/27/milo-yiannopoulos-twitter-offensive-as-possible.cnnmoney/  

    In regards to some of the comments/opinions: I don’t believe that this is a hoax or an election ploy.  If you have not been subjected to microaggressions, prejudice, or racism, there are people who absolutely think like the author of that nasty letter.  And unfortunately, they seem to be emboldened to spew their hateful speech in a malicious manner.  In no way should this minimize the hurt, heartache, and suffering of people such as Stephanie and others who have been on the receiving end of these derogatory actions and words.

  • T July 27, 2016 (6:42 pm)

    I am sickened by this. I also know this is not something new but it should not exist. We have a lot of work still to do. 

    To the entire Endres family, we are another family that supports you and has your back. We will not tolerate this hatered.

    For those of you who posit this as a hoax…a hoax is a joke or prank. In no way shape or form is this a prank. No matter who the person behind this is or their beliefs or purpose, this is a hate crime that has threatened a specific family. This cannot be called a hoax. Can you imagine even for a moment if this had been directed towards you and your family. 

  • BrassyMomma July 27, 2016 (6:57 pm)

    CHeck public-access printers – there’s some at Ali Mail and South Seattle College, as do some of the libraries around here. 

    It’s time to go check computer histories, security cameras, and if the printer uses a card or not that can help identify its user!

    I find a few things really odd about this letter, like it was made to “seem like” the person was just a random stupid Trump supporter. I think it’s a very mean prank that’s been pulled on her family and I would not be surprised if identical copies start popping up in other places. Too many tells in it that say this person isn’t what we’re quick to think they are. I edit writing, short stories, worked in News and the like, and bull has a particular stench. (Plus, my very abusive exhusband does stuff like this every few months just to scare me and my family. So, I’m lust laying out my two cents of experience with this type of thing.)

    Trolls do this sh*t all the time and when found out, it’s shocking to find out they have an education, a decent upbringing, or are close to family, or is the same racial makeup or gender of their victim and may be a nice person according to their friends and family, and even supposedly not racist at all.

    Or it’s someone trying to shut down her foundation or a date that felt jilted or a fellow parent who is jealous of her or a real Trump-supporting racist who felt like targeting someone on their block to gaslight for fun. I don’t know….I have mixed race family and it just burns inside to have this behaviour thrust into your life and kids’ lives.

    They will be found. West Seattle is too small.

    I would offer ttolisten to Lindy West’s interview on NPR about her cruel bully online and how she got to confront him. It empowered me at a low point dealing with my former abuser/stalker exhusband on taking g the wind out of his sails – even if only for brief periods of time to take a breath and remember its them, not me, not my family. Them.

    Ever since her show, it helped show me how to look for slivers of information on how some hateful people tick. And how they tell on themselves in their bullying, hatefilled letters and posts. Hopefully it would help unravel the whereabouts of whatever bored, sad little person who did this and they get some help. And comeuppance. 

  • BrassyMomma July 27, 2016 (7:01 pm)

    Nice. I’m an editor and my post has too many mistakes. I hate typing on a phone! Sorry!

  • Norman July 27, 2016 (7:18 pm)

    I grew up on pigeon hill as it was called in the sixties as I grew up there, it was known as the highest crime ridden area at that time in Seattle, Having grew up there I had witnessed some terrible things. But nobody ever to my knowledge did something like this. I am so sorry you and yours were on the receiving end of this terrible attempt to put fear into you and yours Its shameful and sad and so not called for. Thank you for all that you have done for our community. You deserve much better than this. Some people will just never grow up. 

  • Alki Resident July 27, 2016 (7:22 pm)

    Alyca- Its not the neighborhood, its an individual who is ignorant and uneducated. Your area is very mixed with many races and cultures. 

  • Arlene July 27, 2016 (7:28 pm)

    I have read all the compassionate words in these comments and they give me confirmation that West Seattle is a good, loving and kind community with a few people who for some reason choose to do and say hateful things. We stand shoulder to shoulder with you Endre family. Peace be with you and let that peace be reflected throughout our community.

  • Trudy July 27, 2016 (7:54 pm)

    So sad to hear this. Unfortunately ws is not immune. I was pulled over for suspission of being black due to type of car i drove. I was questioned as to why i, “someone like me”and “not who he expected”, drove that car and was in that neighborhood. Excuse was a dim license plate light which he was using for the third day in a row. Glad to say i stood up to the officer and he backed down due to my emontional state.

  • MJ July 27, 2016 (7:55 pm)

    I’m in Pigeon Point as well. Tuesday is national night out. Would be a good time to get the community together in a show of support. This person is garbage; I would say jail is too good a place for them. But if people know they’re in for a hate crime then they’ll get their due. I’ve seen a few NRA stickers in the area. Not to jump to conclusions but I’ve seen more racism in avid gun groups than general. If anyone can figure out how to out this person I want them to feel unsafe in the area.

    • JD July 27, 2016 (10:54 pm)

      “If anyone can figure out how to out this person I want them to feel unsafe in the area.”

      I see. So in response to someone posting something vile and hateful we should respond by making the person who posted it “feel unsafe in the area”.

      Yeah that’s the spirit.

      Hey, when we find them, why don’t we spit on them while we’re at it. Show them we really mean business. What are you, 12?

      Also, what on earth does the debate on gun rights / owners have *anything* to do with anything in this case? You may as well say there is a significant chance they are global warning deniers to, because, hey that obviously makes sense too, right?

      Seriously though, why don’t we show that as a community we won’t tolerate this, but do so in a way that shows just as much resolve as it does an unwillingness to sink down to the same level of savagery.

    • Andy July 28, 2016 (7:33 am)

      To MJ:  I am an NRA member and as appalled by this racist attack on Stephanie and her family as the rest of you. As a matter of fact, I personally don’t know any NRA members who wouldn’t be.  However, your statement equating an NRA sticker to be indicative of racism makes me wonder. I learned a long time ago to never attach an NRA sticker to my car, right here in good old, ever tolerant, West Seattle, when my car was keyed to the extent that it needed to to be completely re-painted. For your information, I and most NRA members take Our Second Amendment just as seriously as we do the rest of our Bill of Rights and consider an NRA sticker to represent free speech and our right as expressed in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. My experience reminds me that there are people of all persuasions who would act out in order to make others feel unsafe. 

    • WestPark July 28, 2016 (4:46 pm)


      As an NRA member I find your comment both hurtful and ignorant. 

      One of the first missions of the NRA was  teaching marksmanship to newly freed slaves so they could defend themselves from the racist who were terrorizing them.

      The NRA continues to fight for the inalienable human rights of all Americans  regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender of sexual preference. 

      • Mike July 29, 2016 (10:19 pm)

        That’s why the NRA’s official response to legal gun carrying Castile, shot by police in cold blood in front of his girlfriend and her daughter, was that the event was ‘troubling’.  Troubling… not, hey, this guy was ensuring the police knew he was legally carrying a loaded firearm and that they should know this so he won’t get shot, that he’s not a threat, but instead the NRA just said it’s ‘troubling’.  However, if a mom who’s kid is murdered with an AR-15 and she voices her opinion that such weapons are not needed and should not be allowed in the hands of citizens, the NRA spends millions to ‘defend’ the 2nd Amendment.  They sure didn’t care about Castile like they do the manufacturers of the AR-15 parts.

  • Mel July 27, 2016 (8:10 pm)

    Dear Cowardly Racist:

    I can’t think of a more cowardly act than leaving a note like this (in print so no one can match your handwriting) in the dead of night, then running like a frightened child back to your cocoon. 

    Yes, you are frightened of people who don’t look like you. That means you need to seek help. There are wonderful therapists in Seattle. Call one up and discuss the roots of your fear. If you can be honest about it for the first time in your life, you may have a better life to come.

    If you can’t, and you insist on lashing out like this, just know that we outnumber you, and we will see to it that you’re brought out into the light you shrink from.


    All of your neighbors

  • Pam July 27, 2016 (8:11 pm)

    I am saddened by what happened to Stephanie and her family. But I am also intrigued by the degree if shock and disbelief expressed by people, presumably white people, who have responded to the incident on this blog. White people exist within a kind of insular naïveté that produces an attitude of exclusivity and dissociation from the legacy of racism and the deep, ineradicable wounds it has left on society. Simply because of the experiences of their whiteness, they are unable to recognize the continuous threat to those living life not white: that racism is real, that racists exist, everywhere,  and that at any moment you could become a victim of hatred or violence fueled by racist ideology.

    Whenever white people (probably particularly in the Northwest, which celebrates rich cultural diversity), see or hear about incidents of blatant racism, the typical response I hear is, ” That was in Ferguson.” or “That happened in Dallas.” or That”s Minnesota. They don’t have much diversity. We don’t have those issues here.” That is, until it happens here, wherever “here” happens to be.

    So although this incident angers and disgusts me, I am glad that Stephanie chose to share it publicly. I am glad that she is white, and that she has white friends and family members and people in her community who care about her and who are outraged.  

    I am black. I teach a few cities away from where this hate crime took place in Federal Way, at one of the most diverse schools in the state. Over 60% of the student population are students of color. Of that population, the largest percent is Latino, over half of whom are immigrants or have immigrant members of their families. Probably 25% or more of them are undocumented or have undocumented members of their families. So, given the social and political climate in our country right now, I am increasingly afraid for them and for all of our students of color. But I am afraid for our white students too. Because the first rule of human behavior is that whenever an individual or group feels threatened or endangered, there are but two options: fight or flight. Well people of color aren’t fleeing anywhere, especially black folks. For one thing, this country which the author of that despicable letter refers to as “ours” was built on the backs of slaves. And for another, because of the insidious and cataclysmic designs of slavery, we have nowhere to go. As for other people of color, they or their ancestors have fled undesirable or unbearable conditions to come here. It’s irrational to think they’ll be going back.

    Ultimately, if this grand experiment which is American Democracy is going to succeed, white people need to understand that they are not immune to the evil effects of racism. Like it or not, we are all in this together. Whenever evil is afoot in our communities, no matter the intended victim, we are all at risk. If we don’t find ways work together to overcome the treacherous effects of racism in this country, which seems to be taking on new energy and new life as I write this, if we neglect the most destructive force that we have ever faced as a nation, then it, not some act of terrorism by our enemies, will be the thing that conquers us.

    • East Coast Cynic July 28, 2016 (8:26 am)

      Pam, I agree 100 percent.  On the basis of my experiences with fellow co-workers and friends, I would slightly amend your statement to say that considering the lack of diversity in this city compared to other major cities, many white people in Seattle “exist within a kind of insular naïveté that produces an attitude of exclusivity and dissociation from the legacy of racism and the deep, ineradicable wounds it has left on society.”

    • datamuse July 28, 2016 (1:33 pm)

      Well said, Pam. White Seattleites looking for ways to act against racism might check out the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, a local organization.

  • MontanaMama July 27, 2016 (8:29 pm)

    Pam, thank you for your comments! The more we know, the better we grow in Montana :-)

  • JIm July 27, 2016 (9:58 pm)

    MJ – Good thing you’re not “jumping to conclusions.”   Painting with a pretty wide brush there.

  • Mark July 28, 2016 (4:16 pm)

    My kid is biracial.  Frankly all the biracial kids I see look good.  And racism has no place at the table.  Diversity is nice that is what makes WS a good place to live.  

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