Black Business Owner Says She Received Racist Note Before Truck Set On Fire

A black business owner in Youngstown, Ohio said she received a threatening, racist note at her business weeks before her truck was set ablaze on Monday, according to television station WKBN.

Nicole Rhodes, who owns a beauty school, said she found a note posted on the door to the business within the last three weeks. The note read, “We don’t want you here black b***h. Don’t get burnt up in there,” according to the TV station.

Then on Monday, Rhodes’ 2006 F-150 truck went up in flames, and the fire department ruled it arson. Police had no leads on who committed the crimes, according to the station.

Watch the TV station’s report:

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