A black family in Florida decorated the outside of their home with posters of their twin daughters to celebrate their graduating high school.
On Thursday, the family received an anonymous caste letter in their mailbox demanding the posters be taken down.
“Don’t you think that’s enough? It’s time to take down the hidden poster of that ugly fat black girl from her house,” the letter read. “What an insult to the neighborhood. In fact, your entire family is an insult to the neighborhood. Consider going into your kind of ‘hood’. Your neighbors are watching you!”
Father David Sproul told NBC News in a phone interview on Tuesday that he was surprised by the letter.
“I would say it was cooled because it was directed about children. Even if it wasn’t about race, to have a child do something like that, say something that is terrible for children. Ho.”
Sporl said that he and his family, including twin daughters Xana and Zara, live in the Timber Creek Plantation neighborhood in Yulia, about 25 miles north of Jacksonville, for five years and never experienced anything similar is.
Sporl’s wife, Toya, shared the letter on her Facebook page calling the anonymous author a “coward”.
“Racism is alive, but we’re not afraid !!!! It appeared in my mailbox today,” she wrote in a post on Thursday.
Sporall said he let his daughters read the letter when he came home later that day and the girls “didn’t let him get upset.”
“They felt that the person who wrote did not even know them, so they immediately rejected it.”
The family filed a police report with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. A spokesman of the department said that the incident is being investigated.
“At the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office we do not tolerate racism and hate crimes in our county,” undersheriff Roy Henderson said in a statement. “It is out of character for Nassau County and we will continue to investigate the incident. We are proud of the achievements of the Twin Twins and hope to get to the bottom soon.”
The family is not allowing this letter to be proud of the twins’ achievements.
Xanah and Xarah, who both want to become doctors, will attend St. Leo University in Florida for the pre-med program, Sproul said, adding that they both received a scholarship from a local program they were involved in.
“Although they are very accomplished young women and they work very hard … At the same time, it didn’t happen to two accomplished young women. It happened to two young black women,” said Sporle. “The person doing this did not know they had any achievements, they did not know their work in any way. It happened to two humans, and it should not have happened at all.”
A drive-by parade is planned for Zana and Zara on Thursday, according to a Facebook event page that drew more than 360 responses. Sporl said the family received supportive messages from people around the world, including the Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand.
“The positivity that came out of something so negative is really good to see,” he said.