Racist white woman arrested after targeting Black child with letter: “This is a white neighborhood.”
A 63-year-old white woman, Deborah Cantwell, has just been reported sending a racist letter to her new neighbors in an Indiana neighborhood, targeting their Black child.
According to the Independent, officials declined to state whether the parents themselves were Black. The letter specifically targets one of their children, who is Black. Cantwell writes the child is “not welcome.”
The letter was posted on GoFundMe, and reads, “We moved here to a WHITE TOWN, ALL WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD – FOR HEALTH REASONS AMONG OTHER THINGS. THIS IS OUR FOREVER HOME, WE CANNOT AFFORD TO MOVE – BESIDES THIS IS MY DREAM HOME AND WE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME.” Cantwell concludes that the family “SHOULD HAVE CONSIDERED THE NEIGHBORS.”
Officials with the Howard County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, “The letter contained erroneous information concerning the property and also made derogatory racial comments towards a juvenile family member.”
Throughout the letter, Cantwell rationalized her actions by detailing accounts how “niggers… beat my sibling-bloody and bruised.” According to the court documents, Cantwell stated, “I am sorry that it caused so much ruckus, but I feel like I released some anger writing that letter. I’d want to get out of the neighborhood.”
The incident is only one example of a consistent, national pattern of racist white women targeting Black adults and children.
Cantwell was arrested on counts of intimidation but was released on bond. She is scheduled in court on November 19th.