Harmony Jones received a letter, written in pink, blue and green markers from a friend saying her dad would not let his daughter go because of her race
The birthday party of a 10-year-old was ruined after one of her best friends wrote to say she was unable to attend after her racist father banned her from going as she was black.
Harmony Jones received a letter, written in pink, blue and green markers, which read: "Maby (sic) I will not be able to come to your birthday sleepover, because my dad will not let me go because you are black not trying to be races (sic), but my mom let me no [sic] Happy birthday!'
Both girls attend Highland Oaks Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Harmony’s father, Christopher Jones said: “It angered me a little bit, it hurt me that my 10-year-old girl had to deal with this and I myself never thought I would have to deal with this.
"I guess us as parents need to be more aware and conscious about what we teach our children.
“You would think in the 21st century people would be judged strictly on their character or their personality, not on the colour of their skin.”
Mr Jones, who has another daughter, said he did not blame the girl for the letter and wanted the incident did not spoil the party.
He added he hoped people “would learn from the situation while describing the school the girls attend as a "multi-racial and friendly environment”.
Highland Oaks PTA president Barbara Davis, who has three children at the school, said the letter as “thankfully” an isolated incident.
“We have a lot wider variety of populations at the school, but, in saying that, we’ve been a very close group,” said Davis.
“I’m calling them ignorant, but it’s their choice to feel that way, right or wrong.”
Civil rights activist Lasimba Gray said the letter was "regrettable".
He said: “Fifty-two years since the Dr King 'I have a dream' speech, you would think that the basis for racism would disappear, but evidently it is being perpetuated by those who teach it.
“Every child has a blank canvas when they come into the world.
“When parents run across racism that’s a good moment to teach tolerance but more than that to teach understanding to appreciate each other and celebrate our diversity.”