Representative Jahana HayesJahana HayesGOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Republic of the Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Washington on the brink of SCOTUS vacation (D-Conn.) She says it’s “not good” after a virtual town hall she hosted was repeatedly interrupted by racist slander.
Hayes, the first black congresswoman to represent the state of Connecticut, is hosting a number of Zoom town halls as part of her re-election campaign.
Hayes in a The middle essay tells this she was hosting her fourth meeting when she heard someone say, “Shut up N-word.”
According to Hayes, two more people continued harassing for six minutes. Someone in the group chat has also repeatedly posted “CHOOSE YOUR COTTON,” according to Hayes.
After the town hall ended, the congresswoman said she had only nine minutes before another meeting, doing her best to calm down after the racist attack she had just experienced.
“Black women are expected to continue to ignore this behavior; not to mention it explicitly, because it is uncomfortable, divisive or does not reflect the mood of most people, “she wrote.
“I’ve watched other women go through this storm and repel these kinds of attacks, and I wonder if in their quiet places they felt what I’m feeling right now. We are dumbfounded by this behavior, the instinct begins and we just move on. So many well-meaning people say things like, ignore it, you’re better than that, or don’t let that bother you. “
David X. Sullivan, Hayes’ Republican challenger, tweeted the incident, saying: Connecticut. “
It is appalling that the fanatical coward would insult Congresswoman Hayes, intervene and disrupt the legal campaign, and tarnish the reputation of good people in the 5th Connecticut area. https://t.co/oye9bDgVQD
– David X. Sullivan (@DavidXSullivan) October 13, 2020
Hayes’ experience is just one of countless coordinated attacks that have taken place on video conferencing software, which has experienced a boom in use since the beginning of the pandemic.
In one article published by Al Jazeera, Rashad Robinson, CEO of Color of Change, said: “In the United States, in particular, there is a history of black people whose events in society have been disrupted: white nationalists recently shot down black churches. Now, our Zoom gatherings are focused. Technology should take us into the future, but instead drag us into the past. “
In April Zoom announced new security enhancements which were aimed at stopping such harassment.