“We Don’t Want You Here…”: Ohio Woman’s Truck Burned After Receiving Racist Letter
“We don’t want you here black b*tch, don’t get burnt up in there,” read the letter that was taped to Nicole Rhodes’ beauty salon in Youngstown, Ohio. It’s hard to believe the year is 2015 and yet the racist incidents keep occurring.
Rhodes, 40, has owned the building the note was attached to for the past three years and recently began renovations to turn the property into a beauty school. But after weeks of rising hate, the entrepreneur is now in fear for her life.
“This can’t be real. This just can’t be real,” Rhodes told the New York Daily News. “It just cannot be this serious… Black skin just can’t make you go destroying property.”
While the letter scared Rhodes, on Monday another action would show just how real the hate was in her community. On Monday morning her 2006 F150 pickup truck was set on fire as arson investigators say someone is certainly responsible for the destruction.
“Burning my truck up and threatening my family, that’s not cool,” Rhodes said shaking her head in disbelief.
Alvin Wire, Youngstown Chief Fire Investigator, told WKBN-27 there is something suspicious going on and he is investigating the fire as an arson. As of now no leads have been made.
Youngstown police have filed a report stating the letter received prior to the arson was “menacing” and that Rhodes is now in fear of her life. Rhodes says the letter reinforces hate.
While wiping tears from her eyes, the mother of four stated, ” I don’t want to encourage at all, no type of hate, that’s what this is.”
Rhodes did not take the threats serious until her truck was set on fire and she now plans on selling the building and opening Dynasty Salon in a new location.
“That type of frustration is what makes most people stop doing it,” said Rhodes who has all intentions on furthering her business.
In the meantime, Rhodes has set up 16 surveillance cameras. Her words, “Black skin just can’t be this serious,” is an unfortunate reminder of just how serious it is to some.