CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some elected officials say they received a racist letter that came to black Mecklenburg County commissioners, Charlotte City Council members, and Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board members.

The letter says they need to “respect this country or go back where they came from and to leave confederate memorials and statues alone.”

The author also threatens to blow up Martin Luther King, Jr. statues if Confederate monuments go. Mecklenburg County commissioner Mark Jerrell talked with us about it.

“I think we have to confront head on. I think we have to call it out and I think my brothers and sisters that are not people of color have to be on the front lines right along with us shoulder to shoulder, hand and hand,” he said.

Some elected leaders want law enforcement to figure out who sent the letter and prosecute.