This is a wonderful letter from a member of a beautiful family. Two dads (one white, one Asian), their Latino son and Black daughter, had an anonymous complaint filed against them by a cowardly neighbor because they posted a “Black Lives Matter” sign. Instead of responding with anger at the neighbor, this father / teacher / husband wrote an open letter explaining why the sign matters — to him, his family, and the world.
I don’t know who you are, but you surely know me. We’re a pretty conspicuous family: two dads—one white and one Asian—and two young kids—one black and one Latino—who live right up the street from Thoreau Elementary. Maybe you’ve seen me reading on the porch while my kids play soccer in the front yard and maybe I’ve even said good morning to you as you walked by. I can’t be sure though, since I don’t know who you are.
Two weeks ago, we put up a Black Lives Matter sign. Our eight-year-old black daughter was so excited. Our white neighbors across the street put one up too, and I think that meant a lot to our daughter. I know it meant a lot to me. So when we came home last week to find a letter jammed in our doorknob from the town Building Commissioner stating that an…
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