A black family in Florida decorated the exterior of their home with posters of their twins to celebrate high school.
On Thursday, the family found an anonymous racist letter in their mailbox demanding the removal of the posters.
“Don’t you think that’s enough? It’s time to take off those disgusting posters of your disgusting black girl,” the letter reads. “What a neighborhood shame. In fact, your whole area is a neighborhood shame. Consider switching to your type of ‘hood.’ Your neighbors are watching you!”
Father David Sproul told NBC News in a telephone interview on Tuesday that he was shocked by the letter.
“I would say it was cold-blooded because it was aimed at children. Even if it wasn̵7;t about racing, doing something similar to a child, saying something similar to children is scary,” he said.
Sproul said he and his family, including twin daughters Xanah and Xarah, lived for five years in the Timber Creek plantation neighborhood of Yulee, about 25 miles north of Jacksonville, and never experienced anything like it.
Sproul’s wife Toya shared a letter on her Facebook page calling the anonymous writer “coward.”
“Racism is alive, but we are not afraid !!!! It appeared in my mailbox today,” she wrote in a statement on Thursday.
Sproul said he allowed the daughters to read the letter when they returned home that day, and the girls “did not allow it to disturb them.”
“They realized that the person who wrote it didn’t even know them, so they immediately ignored it,” he said.
The family filed a police report with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. A spokeswoman for the department said the incident was under investigation.
“We, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, do not tolerate racism and hate crime in our county,” said Mr. Sheriff Roy Henderson. – This is the nature of Nassau County and we will continue to investigate this incident. We are proud of the achievements of the Sproul twins and hope to get to that soon. “
The family does not allow the letter to diminish their pride in the twins ’achievements.
Xan and Xar, who both want to be doctors, will attend the University of Florida’s Saint Leo to run a preschool medical program, Sproul told him, adding that they have both received scholarships from the local program they attended.
“Although they are very experienced young women and work very hard … it didn’t happen to two experienced young women at the same time. It happened to two young black women,” Sproul said. “The person who did it didn’t know he had any accomplishments, he didn’t know his work ethic in any way. It happened to two people. It didn’t have to happen.”
Xanah and Xarah are hosting a quick parade on Thursday, according to a Facebook events page that has received more than 360 responses. Sproul said the family received supportive 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.