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Racist Slurs Interrupt Funeral For Phoenix Civil Rights Icon

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An online memorial service for civil rights icon and city leader Calvin Coolidge Goode was interrupted Tuesday morning by a man who repeatedly yelled racist slurs.

KTAR-TV reported that Mayor Kate Gallego was speaking on Goode’s legacy when a man was heard speaking over her about a half hour into the virtual service. The Historic Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted the stream on its Facebook page, with the participants speaking through Zoom. It is unclear how the man gained access to the stream. Gallego took to Twitter to condemn the interruption and said the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. Goode died on Dec. 23. He was 93.

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