An Arkansas man’s response to a racist letter he received after installing a Black Santa inflatable in his yard.
via: New York Post
An Arkansas man says he put up a black Santa on his lawn for Christmas to spread joy in his neighborhood — only to be left “extremely angry” after receiving a racist letter in which an anonymous person ordered him to remove the decoration.
Chris Kennedy said he has been putting up the 8-foot-tall inflatable outside his home in North Little Rock for three years, news station Fox16 reported.
“I’ve done this every year and haven’t had any issues,” Kennedy said.
But on Tuesday, he received a disturbing letter claiming that his decoration was making him the “laughing stock” of the neighborhood.
“Please remove your negro Santa. You should not try to deceive children into believing that I am a negro,” said the letter, which is signed only as Santa Claus.
“I am caucasian (white man to you) and have been for 600 years. You being jealous of my race is no excuse for dishonesty,” the letter continued, failing to capitalize Caucasian, though the term is a proper noun.
The letter goes on to tell Kennedy, who is black, that he should move “to a neighborhood out east with the rest of your racist kind.”
Kennedy said the anonymous letter left him “extremely angry,” though he doesn’t plan to take down the St. Nick decoration.
“The children love it and that’s what Christmas is about, it’s about children,” Kennedy said.
They hate us because they ain’t us.