A family in the United States received a hate-filled racist note after they erected a black inflatable Santa Claus in their front garden ahead of the festive season.
The Christmas decoration in Chris Kennedy's garden in North Little Rock, Arkansas, also featured a lawn sign reading: "In this house, we believe: black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, no human is illegal, science is real, love is love, kindness is everything."
Chris said he was appalled to receive a letter slamming the black Father Christmas at his home in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
He put up the Santa on November 1 and said the letter from his neighbour left him feeling "extremely angry".
Sharing the letter on Facebook, which included a file photo of a white Santa in a red and white outfit, the letter called him the "laughing stock" of the neighbourhood.
It read: "Please remove your n***o Santa Claus decoration.
"Do not try to deceive children into believing I am a n***o.
"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 a laughing stock of the neighbourhood."
It also urged Kennedy to move to a different neighbourhood with the "rest of your racist kind" and told him to take down the Santa.
The letter added: "Obviously your values are not those of the Lakewood area and maybe you should move to a neighbourhood out east with the rest of your racist kind.
"Yours truly, Santa."
He shared what happened on Facebook and has been met with an outpouring of support from his neighbours, some of whom have made a point of visiting Kennedy.
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One support drove past the house as TV station KARK filmed, shouting: "We love you black Santa!"
Another said: "We just drove from Sherwood to let you know, that I hope and pray that you do not take him down because children around here need to see him."
Chris told the TV show the decoration is what "Christmas is about" and said he will not be taking down the Santa.
He said: "The children love it and that’s what Christmas is about, it’s about children."
An investigation to try and identify who sent the message has been launched.
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