Family In Arkansas Receives Racist Letter For Their Black Santa Claus Decor


33-year-old Chris Kennedy and his 31-year-old wife Iddy have been living in their North Little Rock, Arkansas home for three years. Let Iddy tell it, things have been relatively peaceful confederate flag-flying neighbor notwithstanding. However, last week, after the family had put up their Christmas decorations that featured a Black Santa Claus, that peace came to an abrupt halt. They received an anonymous letter chiding them for their melanated jolly fat man and used explicit racist language to suggest that they “go back where they came from”. The letter read: Please remove your negro Santa Claus yard decoration. You should not try to deceive children into believing that I am a negro. I am a caucasian (white man, to you) and have been for the past 600 years. Your being jealous of my race is no excuse for your dishonesty. Besides that, you are making yourself the laughing-stock of the neighborhood. Obviously, your values are not that of the Lakewood area and maybe you should move to a neighborhood out east with the rest of your racist kind. Yours truly, Santa Claus “I opened it and the first thing that popped out at me was the word ‘negro,'” Kennedy, 33, told TODAY by email. “So I put the letter down, I then went and grabbed my phone to record what was going on. I was trying to keep myself from confronting the person I immediately suspected of sending it.” …”After three years of having no problems from anyone with our decorations it happens this year,” he said. “We have been very active politically this year so we both feel that that might have played into this a little bit.” After filing a police report on the incident, the family says the neighbors have been supportive by offering encouraging words and gifting them with a myriad of Christmas decorations adorned with Black Santas.



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