'Move out or things will escalate': Indigenous Canadian family finds racist, threatening letter in mailbox

'Move out or things will escalate': Indigenous Canadian family finds racist, threatening letter in mailbox

Katrina Anderson shows the terrifyingly racist letter in which a neighbor threatens her family. (Photo: Twitter/@GlobalEdmonton)

Katrina Anderson, a mother of three in Alberta, Canada, is “in shock” after her 12-year-old daughter discovered a hateful, racist letter that was hand-delivered to the family’s mailbox by someone in their condo community. The girl called her in tears.

according to Global News. “We want to move out of here,” Anderson told Global News, shrugging. “I don’t want things to escalate. I don’t want something happening to my kids. I don’t want to take that chance.”” data-reactid=”23″>Now Anderson — who is a member of the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan — and her husband say they are moving from the place they’ve called home for 18 months because they no longer feel safe, according to Global News. “We want to move out of here,” Anderson told Global News, shrugging. “I don’t want things to escalate. I don’t want something happening to my kids. I don’t want to take that chance.”

But then the letter gets even scarier. “We don’t like your kind around here,” the letter says. “We lock our doors at night when there was no need to do that before you moved in. … Move out or things will escalate. We would not want to see the kids getting hurt. This isn’t a reserve. Go back to the reserve where Indians belong!”

The author states in no uncertain terms that complaints have been made to the condo board and will continue to until the family is gone. It’s signed, “Your friendly Phase II Neighbours.”

Anderson tells CTV News: “I’ve experienced racism, but nothing like this. This isn’t happening on the playground. It’s not happening out in public. This is in our mailbox. This is our house.” As to why the family is giving in to the threats so readily, the mom says, “My daughter, my kids, don’t feel safe here. They don’t want to play outside. I’ve been driving my kids to and from school. They don’t feel safe. They don’t even feel safe walking to the corner to catch the bus anymore.”” data-reactid=”29″>Anderson tells CTV News: “I’ve experienced racism, but nothing like this. This isn’t happening on the playground. It’s not happening out in public. This is in our mailbox. This is our house.” As to why the family is giving in to the threats so readily, the mom says, “My daughter, my kids, don’t feel safe here. They don’t want to play outside. I’ve been driving my kids to and from school. They don’t feel safe. They don’t even feel safe walking to the corner to catch the bus anymore.”

Anderson is even revisiting an incident that happened a month ago when someone threw a rock through her window. She told Global News she doesn’t know if the that was related to the later, but she fears it could be.

“I know this is not what St. Albert is. I know this is not what the Grandin neighborhood is, and I don’t want the horrible words of one to outweigh the love of our whole community,” said Kristin Kalmbach.

Choked up, Anderson told Global News reporters, “I’m really touched, actually. Seeing everybody … I’m touched.”

Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Anderson for further comment and to see whether her family still plans to move and will update this post when she responds.

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