Woman’s Truck Torched After Receiving Hate Mail
A Black Ohio woman says she is in fear for her life after she received a threatening, racist letter and her truck was mysteriously set on fire, the New York Daily News reports.
40-year-old Nicole Rhodes said she was taunted by bigots in her Youngstown neighborhood for three weeks, when she saw the hate mail taped to her beauty salon.
The note’s message was clear.
“We don’t want you here black b—-. Don’t get burnt up in there.”
On Monday, Rhodes watched in shock as her Ford pickup truck was burned down on the same property.
While speaking with the news outlet, Rhodes expressed shock at the display of racism.
“This can’t be real. This just can’t be real,” Rhodes said on Wednesday. “It just cannot be this serious. Black skin just can’t be this serious. Black skin just can’t make you go destroying property.”
Rhodes, who has owned the building for about three years, is in the process of selling the property and moving her business, Dynasty Salon.
The mother of four wasn’t really concerned about the threats until her truck was set on fire.
“I thought it was nothing. My neighbors are prejudiced,” she said. “I’m used to people hating me — but now it’s because of my skin. It’s the same kind of hatred.”
An investigation by the Youngstown Fire Department determined that someone had purposefully torched the vehicle.
So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the case.
What year is this?!