In a single Little Rock, Arkansas, neighborhood, Christmas decorations communicate volumes for Chris Kennedy.
The Lakewood resident, who’s black, was surprised final month to obtain an nameless letter cruelly attacking him for placing a big, inflatable black Santa Claus on his entrance garden.
“Please take away your negro Santa. You shouldn’t attempt to deceive kids into believing that I’m a negro,” mentioned the letter, which was signed, “Santa Claus.”
However then phrase of the divisive prank unfold by Lakewood — and black Santas began exhibiting up on lawns in solidarity.
“I ordered the identical one, and so did the Jones, and so did the Ketinas, and the Kellers subsequent door received one,” Chip Welsch instructed CBS Information. “I believed it was a pleasant strategy to inform one in all our neighbors that we weren’t like that.”
“I feel you must communicate out in opposition to racism, and I feel the letter could be very, very racist,” Cheryl mentioned.
“And it actually form of harm my coronary heart that somebody in our neighborhood was sending one thing like that to one in all our neighbors. I learn the letter and I used to be like, get the largest one yow will discover!”
Whereas the racist letter nonetheless stuns him, Kennedy mentioned the outpouring has undoubtedly helped.
“You realize if you break one thing,” he famous, “it tends to develop again stronger.”