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‘This neighborhood does not need any blacks in it’ – Kansas family stunned by racist letter

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WICHITA, KS – A Kansas woman says someone sent her a letter, complaining about her grandchildren because they are black.

Nancy Wirths said she could barely believe what she was reading – a handwritten letter she said she received in the mail, complaining about her black grandchildren.

“I thought it was a joke,” she said.

Wirths filed a police report, but nobody seems to know where the letter came from.

“These people were moving out of their house because of my African-American grandkids,” she said.

The letter reads, “This neighborhood does not need any blacks in it.” It goes on to say they belong on the other side of the tracks, a sentiment that baffled Wirths.

“I guess I never thought this was real: the hatred for people in the world,” she said. “I mean, because I try to teach my grandkids to love everyone, no matter their color, and this kind of throws a total wrench in that. This is just wrong and if it is a joke, this is not funny.”

Neither Wirths nor her neighbors have any idea where the letter came from.

“I can’t even fathom what I could have done to make somebody this mad,” Wirths said.

Wirths said she went to the return address listed on the letter only to discover that home doesn’t exist. But even if she can’t find out who wrote the letter, Wirths said she knows her family still has plenty of support.

“We love the neighborhood and the people who have supported us behind this,” she said. “There’s no need for us to move, but if the people who wrote the letter need help packing, I’m sure we have quite a few people that would love to assist in the packing.”

By EMILY GRIFFIN, KWCH