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A black store owner in a suburb near Seattle received a major scare when a man dropped off a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood at her shop this past week.
According to Raw Story, Leona Coakley-Spring, the owner of Rags to Riches Consignment, was shocked and terrified when a white man brought in a bag of dresses to her along with the KKK attire on Friday, January 22. Her son, Shane Coakley, took pictures of the robe and hood, and called police.
Coakley-Spring, who opened her consignment shop just a few months ago in the popular suburb of Redmond, believes that this was a bold threat to her and her business. “‘You can’t be a black business owner in downtown Redmond, you can’t be here,'” she said in an interview with Fox13. “I didn’t know what to do or what to say. It was just so horrifying.” Police are investigating this case as a hate crime.
Coakley-Spring admitted that she considered closing her store as a result of all of this, but her son convinced her not to. “We close the store, and they would win,” Coakley said to Fox13. “And I don’t want to give them any satisfaction.”
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