Chattanooga City Council’s First Ever Zoom Teleconference
Council members say they made history during this meeting but it wasn’t without some negative setbacks.
“Mr. Chair somebody in our chatt, they’re being real disrespectful. Yeah I’m working on it council woman”, A teleconference between Chattanooga’s city council men and women Tuesday evening, disrupted by racial slurs in the comment section on Zoom.
“It hurts to know that in 2020 that as an African American, you still have to deal with such hateful comments” said District 8 Councilman Anthony Byrd.
Councilman Byrd was blown away by the hateful remarks but he’s not looking for sympathy, “I know whoever was on the other side of those messages, that person is hurting, that person needs love, and is going through something.”
During these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 crisis, Chairman Erskine Oglesby sees it as nothing more than a minor distraction, “My council members we are professional, we are innovative and we stay focus no matter what the circumstances are and that’s very important in running a city.”
Despite the unruly remarks, the teleconference was a success, “People can get the information to us that they need and we can then turn around and get that information to the mayor” said Byrd. “We’re still able to vote and do things productively so that the city of Chattanooga can still take off and grow.”
“With prayer, perseverance and patience, were going to get over this because this is just one for challenge that we have to face and we’ve overcome many” said Oglesby. “I’m excited about the future.”
Council members are working to filter derogatory comments moving forward, utilizing the city’s I.T. department.
The next teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th at 6 p.m.