Minnesota Resident’s Christmas Display Chastised for ‘Harmful Impact’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: Houses are decorated with Christmas lights and ornaments in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn on December 06, 2020 in New York City. The Dyker Heights Christmas-decorated residences are an annual attraction but have been scaled back this year due to Covid-19. (Photo …
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An unidentified Minnesota resident received an anonymous message on Monday shaming them for putting up a Christmas display that has a “harmful impact” to the community.

“The idea of twinkling, colorful lights are a reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society, a reminder of systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own,” the letter, shared by Crime Watch Minneapolis, read.

“We must do work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have.” the letter continued.

The message then calls upon the resident to “respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from differences, ideas, and opinions of our neighbors.”

The message has received pushback from multiple figures on social media, including a former Baltimore Ravens quarterback.

“Saw this coming a long time ago. ‘If I can’t have it nobody can’ or ‘if they have it we all deserve it’ that’s not life,'” tweeted former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Derek Anderson.

Another Twitter user said it was ironic that the writer of the message is “doing exactly what they accuse the homeowner of doing- not being accepting of others.”

The anonymous letter was sent about two weeks before the Christmas holiday.


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