An interracial Florida couple said they weren’t scared by a threatening voice message left by an alleged Ku Klux Klan member.
Donna Slawsky, who owns the Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery with her husband in Bradenton, said the message was left on their business phone line by someone who identified himself as KKK member Ralph Edward.
“I’m the leader of the KKK in this area, and I’d like you people to leave this neighborhood now,” the message said. “We don’t want you here no more. Get the f*ck out.”
Slawsky said her husband, Jim Copening, recently had a confrontation with two men who threatened to send their “friends from the KKK” after him, although they aren’t sure the incidents are related.
“I’m not scared,” Slawsky said. “I’m outraged.”
Copening had a message of his own to share with whoever left him the threatening voice mail.
“What I want to say to them?” he said. “‘You’re a coward, brother — you need to go work your stuff out, but not over here. I didn’t come to your place starting nonsense with you, so don’t come to mine.'”
Police are investigating the call, and they said patrols had been stepped up in the area.
Slawsky said she had also reported the message to the FBI, which could investigate the case as a civil rights violation.
Watch this video report posted online by WWSB-TV: