He was harassed for the Black Santa on his lawn. Now, he’s a professional Black Santa.

  • Chris Kennedy, left, sits in the falling fake snow at Santa Camp in New Hampshire. John Tully / HBO Max

  • Chris Kennedy at Santa Camp in New Hampshire His story is chronicled in the documentary “Santa Camp.” MUST CREDIT: HBO Max photo by John Tully John Tully/HBO Max

  • Chris Kennedy attended Santa Camp in New Hampshire in August 2021. John Tully / HBO Max

The Washington Post
Published: 11/30/2022 11:43:10 AM
Modified: 11/30/2022 11:40:47 AM

It’s been two years since Chris Kennedy received a racist letter demanding that he remove the seven-foot inflatable Black Santa on his front lawn in North Little Rock.

“Please remove your negro Santa Claus yard decoration,” the letter, signed by an anonymous “Santa Claus,” read. “You should try not to deceive children into believing that I am negro. I am a caucasian (white man, to you) and have been for the past 600 years.”

Not only did Kennedy keep his Black Santa in place, but he also added a second one. His neighbors stood in solidarity, adorning their own front lawns with Black Santas.

Although Kennedy was deeply touched by the show of community support, he decided there was more he wanted to do to increase representation - and put the letter-writer, whose identity was never uncovered, in their place. He became a trained Santa Claus, saying he’d never seen another professional Black Santa in Arkansas.

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