Fritz and Belinda Richard, a black couple in Bethany, Oregon, decided to add a new decoration to their holiday display this year: an 8-foot-tall, inflatable black Santa Claus. Fritz installed the Santa on Wednesday, December 12, and it looked great!
Less than 24 hours later, Fritz awoke to find the decoration had been slashed several times with a knife.
He wrote on Facebook:
“Looks like someone had a problem with our black Santa. I found him this morning, someone took a knife to him. Trump is really changing this country! Is this how you make America ‘Great again’, with hate crimes?”
“There [are] a lot of neighbors who have Christmas decorations, Caucasian Santas, and nothing that we know of has happened to them.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 15, 2018
Showing their solidarity with the Richard family, many other families in the neighborhood have decided to purchase black Santas and put them on display in their yards. You can buy your own here. Fritz and Belinda also plan to replace their slashed Santa.
Fritz believes this will send a message to the racist grinch who destroyed their first one:
“It’s exactly the opposite result I think they were looking for. There will be hopefully a lot of black Santas around this neighborhood.”
Not much of a fan for inflatables of any color or shape bouncing around on people's front lawns, but it is their property, and vandalism is a cowardly spiteful act. Oregon is a great state & I'm not surprised to see their neighbors supporting them.
— Billy Lawrence (@Wklawrence) December 15, 2018
Twitter is behind Fritz and Belinda’s black Santa 100%.
Way to go neighbors. 💯👊🏽💕💕💕
— Shirley Boone (@boone_shirley) December 15, 2018
It's the Holidays people! Give your hate a break and just forget it…if just for the season.
— Ja.Ll (@jhony12) December 15, 2018
Santa Claus is an imaginary old man. Children in many countries are told that he brings their Christmas presents. Santa is every ethnicity in whatever house he visits, he magically turns into the likeness of the family that lives there. He represents everyone! Santa is pure love!
— TraitorFighter 👊🏻💙🌊🇺🇸 (@SIRGOLDIE17) December 15, 2018
Stop with the racist shit, enough is enough. Haven’t people grown up yet.
— Robin Harvey (@robin30233) December 15, 2018
People couldn’t believe someone would slash a Santa!
2018, and this is how we treat fellow neighbors and human beings…unbelievable. I’m sorry this happened to them!
— Cayo’s Sister (@CeesBees12345) December 15, 2018
This is outrageous!
— Kathleen Nagro (@kathleenstips) December 15, 2018
— kiai (@eddysfish) December 15, 2018
Celebrating Christmas while Black.
One wonders what would happened to an outdoor nativity scene if all figurines were the color of authentic historical Mary, Joseph and Jesus…
— Rose Gardener (@RoseGardenerWI) December 15, 2018
There'll always be ignorant people doing mean things…
— Fireman Larry (@Fire_and_Rosez) December 15, 2018
Fortunately, Fritz and Belinda will have a new Santa soon, and their neighbors will have matching ones before long, too. Grinches never win at Christmastime!