‘Take the ugly fat black girl down off your house’ – Family receives racist letter for celebrating daughters

Mohammed Awal July 29, 2020
Xarah Sproul, left, and Xanah Sprpoul, right. Courtesy NBC News/Niah Sproul

A black family in Florida was the target of America’s nasty racism last Thursday for decorating their home with posters of their twin daughters in celebration of their stellar academic performance.

When identical twins Xanah and Xarah graduated from Yulee High School in their Jacksonville, Florida, suburb with straight As, their father David Sproul, decorated his home with posters of his daughters to acknowledge their dedication for knowledge.

The gesture, however, turned sour as Sproul returned from work to find a disgustingly hateful letter waiting for him in his mailbox.

“It’s time to take those hideous posters of that ugly fat black girl down off your house,” the anonymous letter read, referring to the posters displayed on the Sprouls’ home.

“What a disgrace to the neighborhood,” the letter continued, adding: “In fact, your entire brood is a disgrace to the neighborhood. Consider moving to a ‘hood’ of your kind. Your neighbors are watching you!”

Sproul was left angry and motionless while his wife was in tears. Their crime—they are blacks, thus not allowed to celebrate the achievements of their daughters as done by other residents of the Timbercreek Plantation subdivision in Yulee, Florida.

Photo of the twins and their parents on a couch with a sign saying "congrats" behind them.
The Sproul family. Photo credit: Toya T’mour Sproul / Via facebook.com

“I would say that was coldblooded because it was directed about kids. Even if it wasn’t about race, to do something like that to a child, say something like that to children is terrible,” Sproul told NBC News.

He and his family have been living in the neighborhood for five years and never experience such brazen hatred.

“I started reading the letter out loud to my wife and she thought I was joking. And I’m like, ‘There’s no way I would ever say that about my daughters,'” Sproul told BuzzFeed News. “And so she grabbed the letter and she read it and instantly got furious and confused.”

The hateful letter was shared on Facebook by Sproul’s wife, Toya with the caption: “Racism is alive but we ain’t scared!!!! This showed up in my mailbox today.”

The family filed a police report with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. 

“We at the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office do not tolerate racism and hate crimes in our county,” Undersheriff Roy Henderson said in a statement. “This is out of character for Nassau County and we will continue to investigate this incident. We are proud of the Sproul twins’ accomplishments and hope to get to the bottom of this soon.”

A drive-by parade for the twins is planned on Thursday and it has drawn over 360 responses. 

Last Edited by:Francis Akhalbey Updated: July 29, 2020


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