(FOX NEWS) -- An unidentified St. Anthony, Minnesota resident received an anonymous letter on Monday chastising them for their Christmas light display.
"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, reads. "We must do work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have."
St. Anthony resident receives anonymous letter chastising them for their Christmas light display and calls it a reminder of "systemic biases against our neighbors who don't celebrate Christmas or can't afford to put up lights of their own."It further calls the lights "harmful." pic.twitter.com/Xh11jbnswz— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) December 7, 2020
The letter then challenges the resident to "respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from differences, ideas, and opinions of our neighbors."
"We must come together collectively and challenge these institutional inequities," the letter concludes. "St. Anthony is a community welcoming of all people and we must demand better for ourselves."
The letter has received pushback on social media, with former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Derek Anderson replying "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."
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.— Derek Anderson (@DAnderson314) December 7, 2020
Another user pointed out the irony that the letter writer is "doing exactly what they accuse the homeowner of doing - not being accepting of others."
Ironic that the letter writer is doing exactly what they accuse the homeowner of doing- not being accepting of others. I would redouble my lights— Kris knetsch (@Kriskne) December 8, 2020
"I would redouble my lights," they added, echoing similar calls from other Twitter users.
Add more lights please and make a sign that you’re doing this for the people who can’t afford the lights and those who do celebrate Christmas. pic.twitter.com/uAagSk175H— PeaNahButta (@PeaNahButta) December 8, 2020
Time to put up more lights pic.twitter.com/fEphZaB9Ij— Boschatge Adam’s Apple Advocate (@Ycart91796767) December 7, 2020
The letter comes with just over two weeks to go before the Christmas holiday.
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