Opinion Racism is still with us.
Editorial The miscreants took advantage of their legal right to speak during the city council lush chat, says the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board. Petersburg City Council meeting proved once again just how far we have to go to combat racism in America today.
A group of online trolls commandeered back meetingusing their chance to speak to utter disgusting racial slurs, even calling for the killing of all black people. The incident was an in-your-face reminder of what black people in this country have endured.
It comes as protesters on nearby streets fight for a future free of this kind of hatred. It comes in a city that highlights its progressive bona fides.
It comes as the entire country grapples with how to move forward. The cowards hid, anonymously spewing their vitriol from behind an online screen. They wanted to disrupt a public meeting, but other racists have spoken similar words in circumstances with more violent and tragic outcomes.
When Dylann Roof killed nine black congregants at a prominent church in Charleston, S. Petersbugg miscreants took advantage of their legal right to speak during the city council meeting, which was conducted over video chat because of the pandemic. The speakers were quickly cut off when it became clear they had nothing relevant to say.
Still, the stain remained. The council eventually suspended the meeting, several members shaking their he, one covering his face in disgust at what he had just been forced to hear. But the only way things can change is if each of us petersbburg for a better and more equitable tomorrow.
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