The Black family in Florida decorated their twin daughters with posters on the streets of their home to celebrate high school graduation.
On Thursday, the family found an anonymous racist letter in their mailbox demanding that the posters be removed.
“Don’t you think that’s enough? It’s time to remove these horrible posters of this ugly fat black girl from your homes,” the letter said. “What a shame for the neighborhood. In fact, your whole conclusion is a shame for the neighborhood. Think about moving to the” hood “of your family. Your neighbors are watching you!”;
Father David Sproul said in a telephone interview with NBC News on Tuesday that he was shocked by the letter.
“I would say it was cold-blooded because it’s aimed at children. Even if it’s not about race, doing something like a child, telling children something like that,” he said.
Sproul said he and his family, including twin daughters Xana and Haru, have lived on the Timber Creek plantation in Julia, about 25 miles north of Jacksonville, for five years and have never experienced anything like it.
Sproul’s wife, Toya, shared the letter on her Facebook page, calling the anonymous writer a “coward.”
“Racism is alive, but we are not afraid !!! It appeared in my mailbox today,” she wrote in her post on Thursday.
Sproul said he allowed the daughters to read the letter when they returned home later that day, and the girls “did not let them interfere.”
“They realized that the person who wrote it didn’t even know them, so they somehow ignored it,” he said.
The family filed a police report with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. A spokeswoman for the agency said the incident was being investigated.
“We in the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office do not tolerate racism and hate crimes in our county,” said Underherriff Roy Henderson. – This is not typical for Nassau County, and we will continue to investigate this case. We are proud of the achievements of the Sproul twins and hope to achieve this soon. “
The family does not allow the writing to weaken its pride in achieving the twins.
Xanah and Xarah, who want to be doctors, will attend the University of St. Leo in Florida for a home medicine program, Sproule said, adding that they both received scholarships from the local program in which they participated.
“Although they are very successful young ladies and they work very hard … at the same time, it didn’t happen to two young women. It happened to two young blacks,” Sproul said. “The person who did it didn’t know that they had achieved any achievements, they didn’t know their work ethic in any way. It happened to two people, and it shouldn’t have happened at all.”
Xana and Xara plan to hold a parade on Thursday, according to the event’s Facebook page, which received more than 360 responses. And Sproul said the family has received favored messages from people around the world, including the Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand.
“The positivity that came from something so negative is really good to see,” he said.