Racist conscience funeral for Phoenix civil rights icon

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department is investigating Tuesday after a virtual funeral of civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Godey was interrupted by hackers shouting racist slurs.

“The Phoenix Police Department has been made aware of the incident and after speaking with the FBI, the department will be the lead investigative agency,” spokesman Maggie Cox said in an email. “This type of language and disruption is unacceptable and only divides our community. We are committed to working with our community to identify the person responsible for this act. “

Mayor Kate Gallego on Twitter condemned the comments and said the city does not tolerate hate crimes.

“I condemn the mayors who interrupted the funeral services of Vice Mayor Good. It is frightening and does not represent the values ​​and commitment of our community. I am determined to continue the fight of Deputy Mayor Gode.

Arizona Village. Doug Doussey also condemned the incident.

Former counselor Calvin Gode was a civil rights leader who served with honor and pride. Today the racist and disgusting remarks made during his funeral service are wrong and I condemn him.

Gude died on 23 December from a disease related to COVID-19. He was 93.

Gode ​​was the second black councilmember for the city of Phoenix and the longest elected official in its history, serving as deputy mayor at Phoenix City Council from January 2, 1972 to January 3, 1994. .

Phoenix City Councilor Michael Nowakowski said in a statement, “For Vice Mayor Gode, the hate act that occurred during the celebration of life was atrocious and unforgivable today.” “We should do better.”

For long-term low-income black residents after his last days at the council, Gode spent his time in Phoenix struggling to improve the quality of life. He retired in 1994, but continued to advocate for equal opportunity, affordable housing and education through several organizations.

The KALR radio station reported that Galligo was speaking on LegoYode in Phoenix, when a man was being heard about his comments in a virtual service for about half an hour.

Historic Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted the stream on its Facebook page, with family members, city officials and friends speaking with Zoom. The church resumed the memorial to a new stream.

“She is about to be laid to rest with deep respect and gratitude, not for hateful racist comments,” Democratic US Representative. Ruben Galigo said.

“Citizenship is the cornerstone of society. Unfortunately, many of our political leaders do not practice what they preach. When they engage in hateful rhetoric, or silently approve of it through their silence, people who hold hatred in their hearts feel motivated to act, ”said Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo . “We saw it in the US Capitol last week. We saw it today at the funeral of Calvin Gode. This behavior cannot stand in America. “

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