According to Cleveland, Tennessee police, a mother was home with her children when a neighbor told her someone wrote threats and racial slurs on her door.
They read, "N***** you will die, n***** get out."
"Where does it come from? Did you make somebody mad? You never know what someone else is thinking and what they want to do," said Marcus Jarrett.
Jarrett says he was at work when his wife learned about the threats. He says he and his family keep to themselves, and don't know why someone threatened them. "Just mad because I'm black I guess," said Jarrett.
Worried about how his wife and three children feel, Jarrett will now have relatives stay with them when he goes to work. "I'm just thankful it's writing and not much more," said Jarrett. "Kind of scared my wife and my kids."
Confronted face-on with racism, Jarrett says this message doesn't surprise him.
"I guess it's something that's never going to end. How long it was, and still to this day. It's 2017 and it goes in different forms and fashion. Ain't no telling how to handle it."
As news crews left, someone from the apartment complex told us they were heading to the Jarrett's home to clean off the door. Cleveland Police say they've placed extra patrols in the area.
Our affiliate News Channel 9 in Tennessee contributed to this story.