Aaron Schlossberg’s Office Receives Envelope Filled With White Powder by the Forward

Aaron Schlossberg’s Office Receives Envelope Filled With White Powder

The office of Aaron Schlossberg, the New York attorney who received a barrage of social media hate after his racist rant was posted online, received a mysterious envelope filled with white powder Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.

The letter, addressed to Schlossberg, arrived at his Madison Avenue offices around 3:30 p.m. When two employees opened it, white powder spilled onto both of them. The offices immediately called law enforcement, fearing that the powder could have been anthrax, a deadly virus that can appear as a white powder.

Firefighters and counterterrorism officers were immediately called to the scene, but they deemed the powder to be harmless.

One man who works in Schlossberg’s former building told the Daily News he had no love lost for Schlossberg, but thought the powder prank was going too far.

“It was sent to where a lot of people work,” said Shaheem Walters.

The letter, in any case, was sent a week after the landlords for Schlossberg’s offices deemed him persona non grata.

“Effective immediately, Aaron M. Schlossberg will no longer be allowed access,” read a letter from the management that was posted on the doors of 275 Madison Avenue.

The offices had been somewhat under siege by protesters in the days after Schlossberg’s rant, in which he threatened to call ICE on Hispanic cafeteria workers, was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter. Last Friday, a mariachi band gathered across the street from the building to serenade Schlossberg with a rendition of “La Cucaracha” — the cockroach. A restaurant donated tacos to the crowd watching the performance.

Schlossberg later apologized for the rant, insisting that he’s not a racist.

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Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. He covers Jewish religious organizations, synagogue life, anti-Semitism and the Orthodox world. If you have any tips, you can email him at feldman@forward.com. Follow him on Twitter @aefeldman.

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