An Arkansas guy received a letter after placing Black Santa Claus in his yard, It reads: "Please remove your negro Santa Claus yard decoration. You should not try to deceive children into believing that I am a negro. "Besides that, you are making yourself the laughing stock of the neighborhood.
This African-American man Kennedy received a letter on November 24 from someone who had an issue with his 'Black Santa.' Kennedy has been decorating his yard with his 'Black Santa' since he moved into the neighborhood three years back. He was filled with rage after reading the 'letter' full of hatred claimed to be from the Lakewood Property Owners Association.
On Tuesday, November 24, in a Facebook Live stream, Kennedy posted the contents of the letter (which claimed to be from the Lakewood Property Owners Association).
The letter was signed "Santa Claus", and also featured a picture of Santa giving the thumbs down.
It reads: "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."
Per TooFab, Kennedy himself stated in his video: "I have been here for three years and have never had any problems out of anybody with Black Santa I am actually being as nice as I can in this very moment because I am actually filled with rage."
He continued: "But I am going to honor my son. So I'm going to display kindness. This is worse than when the guy next door tried to take him down."
"I really don't know what to say... but I wanted people to see the kind of thing that I literally deal with while living next door to a white supremacist."
However, Kennedy was overwhelmed with supportive letters and early holiday presents from other residents after his video went viral on social media, who were just too happy to express their support.
Kennedy shared another letter he had received on Facebook on November 25, which read: "I saw the video you posted. It broke my heart."
The letter continued:
"I live near you and look forward to your 'Black Santa' and other Christmas [decorations] every year. It brings to light that our neighborhood is diverse and accepting.
"Please do not let the hate of one neighbor bring you down. I promise you there are many more of us who love your yard.
"You and your family are as much a part of this community as anyone else. We see you. We hear you. We stand with you. Long Live Black Santa!"
Per Raw Story, Evan Blake, executive director of the Lakewood Property Owners Association, has refuted the letter from them and insists that Kennedy, his family, and their decorations are more than welcome in the neighborhood.
Blake stated: "We don't want the people that wrote that letter in the neighborhood. That's what we don't want."
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