Kansas Homeowners Receive Hateful Messages on BLM, Pride Flags on Homes
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (CNN) – Some owners in Overland Park, Kansas, have said they try to spread love to minorities in their community, but receive hate in return.
Black Lives Matters and rainbow pride flags dot the neighborhood near Oak Park-Carpenter Elementary School. But a neighbor apparently doesn’t like the signs.
They recently sent out notes in capital letters expressing their disapproval. There is no return address. Nameless. Only condemnation.
âWe try to promote inclusiveness and just general love and letters are the complete opposite of that,â said Katy Penland, a neighbor from Oak Park.
“I think they are scared. I think they want to hide. I think it is good because it shows that they are in the minority now,” said Ali Fowler, another neighbor of Oak Park. .
âAnd it brings us together,â Erica Sims said. “We are talking to neighbors we would never have spoken to.”
Some neighbors say they received a similar “hate mail” last year.
âIf we just get hate for having the sign like they’re really struggling, then I think it’s important to show our support,â Fowler said.
“It makes me want to show what we stand for even more,” added Penland.
Neighbors said they would buy even bigger panels in solidarity.
âI want this to stop,â Sims said. “I want this person to know that they can’t get away with the hate in this neighborhood.”
They say love wins, and even the person writing the letters needs love.
âWith love. You do it with love,â Sims added.
âDo better,â Fowler said. âWe should do better as a community. For example, why do you hate? “
Neighbors filed a report with Overland Park Police as a precaution.