By Clyde Hughes | AC JospeH Media
The New Jersey State NAACP was virtually attacked on Zoom Thursday night with racist messages in the middle of a webinar on voting, officials said.
The incident happened during a Vote By Mail webinar presented by Action Together New Jersey. What appeared to be hand-written swastikas appeared on the screen and the n-word was used.
“We unfortunately fell victim to a hate crime when the presentation was compromised,” the New Jersey State NAACP in a message on its Facebook page. “â€¦ This isn’t the first time the NAACP has had a zoom session hacked, and moving forward additional precautions will be taken.
“We apologize for the insensitive images and content participants were exposed to. This was nothing more than a voter suppression tactic, and although it may have impacted the night, the mission continues in the morning,” the statement said.
State NAACP communication and publicity chair Marcus Sibley told Front Runner New Jersey the state’s administrative director Safeer Quraishi was conducting the meeting when it was “zoom bombed.”
“They drew swastikas, wrote the n-word, wrote ‘Kill Jews,’ and also posted a video of someone being shot in the head,” Sibley said. “It was very traumatic for many. Appropriate security measures will be followed to minimize the threats but the reality is that motivated hackers can penetrate most secure systems.”
It was not the first time the NAACP has been attacked on Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic. On June 4, the Collier County NAACP in southwest Florida had a virtual meeting attacks during a discussion they were having on George Floyd and community policing, according to WFTX-TV.
In that incident, hackers filled the screen, speakers and messaging space with hateful comments, racial slurs and porn.
“What ended up happening is a hate crime,” Eugene Hoyt, Florida Gulf Coast University told the television station. Note from AC Joseph Media: If you like this story and others posted on Front Runner New Jersey.com, lend us a hand so we can keep producing articles like these for New Jersey and the world to see. Click on Support FRNJ and make a contribution that will go directly in making more stories like this available. Thank you for reading.