Only two weeks after moving into their apartment, a black gay Kansas couple receive a hateful and terrifying welcome. Death threats courtesy of the local Ku Klux Klan.
The couple, who say they are in a long-term relationship, moved into the Overland Park apartment complex in June "never had any problems." But after moving into a larger apartment in the same complex in late September, the couple received a flier with the image of a hooded Klansman and the message "Nigger Fags, Leave Or Die."
Two of the hateful threats were left for the couple, one on their door and another on their car. The police, predictably, have few leads.
KCTV-5 interviews (video) Yvette Peterson, their downstairs neighbor, who is outraged. "This was disgusting. I have only known them for three weeks but love them. Whatever someone wants to do ... that is their own business, their own life."
Overland Park is a fairly large and well-to-do suburb of Kansas City, KS. Unfortunately race relations seem to be an issue, such as in 2007 when a local school district had problems with a student displaying a noose. Despite the Klan activity, the town is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the country by Money and Forbes. The Overland Park black gay couple say they "may have to move again." Overland Park might be one of the best places to live in the country, but not if you're black and openly gay.