Saint John councillor target of racist death threats
A Saint John city councillor is the latest victim in a series of race-related incidents in the city after receiving a voice-mail death threat.
An anonymous man leftthe hateful message at Jay-Young Chang'sTae Kwon Do school Tuesday.
Chang, 33,said the message featured racist slurs, threats toharm him with a weapon and to kill him.
He said it was unlike any act of racism he's everencountered.
"My initial reaction was of concern. I was concerned," he said. "I won't try to put on a fake brave face on how I felt back then. My family was concerned but right now we have to stay strong and co-operate with the police to the best of our ability."
Chang is of Korean descent and holds the city's immigration portfolio.
Saint John residents are on edge about random attacks after two Chinese students were assaulted in early August, as well as racist graffiti spray painted on a Millidgeville bus shelter.
City police say the earlier random attacks appear to be racially motivated and arrests have been made in those cases.