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West Des Moines Police are investigating racial slurs targeting black lawmakers in Iowa. On Friday, the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Progress Iowa hosted a “The State of the State’s People” event ahead of the 2022 Iowa legislative session. The meeting was hijacked via Zoom. During these moments, organizers claim that the hijackers used racist slurs and projected racist slurs and images on the screen. “Once a threat arose, I tried to make sure I turned it off, and then another threat would present itself,” said Al Womble, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus. Thede and Ross Willburn. Womble says he finally kicked the offenders out, but not before people shout more insults. Womble explained that this is something he thinks is getting too common. He noted several cases in the past two years where similar incidents have occurred. In 2021, a town hall held by Representative Ako Abdul-Samad and Representative Marty Anderson was discontinued. In 2020, at a meeting involving the Des Moines Civil Rights Commission, racist images and words appeared on screen, and Womble believes the best way to put an end to these racial incidents is to have everything the world speaks out and condemns them. I did not respond, “Womble said. According to Womble, the racial slurs began halfway through the event. It started when Democratic State Representative Phyllis Thede was speaking. Speaking with KCCI, Womble congratulated Representative Thede for continually moving forward in her speech. “It is important that we all stand up against anything,” said Representative Thede. “Because if we don’t, what will happen, is that people think they’ll get away with it. “Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn was also on Zoom during the attacks. Wilburn released a statement today saying,” Unfortunately, these vile experiences of harassment are far too common for black Iowans. This is why it is crucial that all Iowans speak out and stand in a statement sent to KCCI, the Iowa Republican Party of Iowa said it “condemns any action taken by individuals to harass and intimidate people based on the color of their skin. Criminals should be prosecuted in court within the full scope of the law. ”

West Des Moines Police are investigating racial slurs against black lawmakers in Iowa.

On Friday, the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Progress Iowa hosted a “State of the State’s People” event ahead of the 2022 Iowa legislative session. The meeting was hijacked via Zoom. During these moments, organizers claim that the hijackers used racist slurs and projected racist slurs and images on the screen.

“Once a threat arose, I tried to make sure I shut it down, and then another threat would present itself,” said Al Womble, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus.

High-profile speakers that evening included Democratic Representatives from Iowa Ras Smith, Phyllis Thede and Ross Willburn. Womble says he finally kicked the offenders out, but not before people shout more insults.

Womble explained that this is something he believes is becoming all too common.

He noted several instances in the past two years where similar incidents have occurred. In 2021, a town hall held by Representative Ako Abdul-Samad and Representative Marty Anderson was discontinued. In 2020, during a meeting involving the Des Moines Civil Rights Commission, racist images and words appeared on screen.

Womble believes that the best way to put an end to these racial incidents is for everyone to speak out and condemn them.

“Because when individuals don’t speak out against it, people are going to find help and comfort in the fact that people haven’t responded,” Womble said.

According to Womble, the racial slurs started halfway through the event. They started when Democratic State Representative Phyllis Thede was speaking. Speaking with KCCI, Womble praised Representative Thede for continuously moving forward in her speech.

“It is important that we all stand up against anything,” said Representative Thede. “Because if we don’t, what’s going to happen is people think they’ll be okay with it.”

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn was also on Zoom during the attacks.

Wilburn issued a statement today saying, “Sadly, these vile experiences of harassment are far too common for black Iowans. This is why it is crucial that all Iowans speak out and hold them accountable. fanatic actions and statements. “

In a statement sent to KCCI, the Iowa Republican Party of Iowa said it “condemns any action taken by individuals to harass and intimidate people based on their skin color. Criminals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law “.


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