A Tulsa City Council member claimed during a meeting of the chamber that the city's founder did "many, many good things" in spite of being in the KKK.
In a meeting discussing a second name change of a street that still bears W. Tate Brady's surname, Councilor Karen O'Brien claimed she understands why it's an "issue" that the city's founder "was a Ku Klux Klanner."
"But he also did many, many other good things," O'Brien said.
In video published by Dylan Goforth, the editor of the watchdog Oklahoma news website The Frontier, Vanessa Hill Harper — the city's only black council member — "doesn't respond with words as much as she does body language."
Councilor Karen O'Brien, discussing the potential change of Brady Street, notes that while, sure, Tate Brady was a… https://t.co/scECIajuXF— Dylan Goforth (@Dylan Goforth) 1541623547.0
Goforth noted in another tweet that the white council member "eventually compared being in the KKK to getting a math problem wrong" during the meeting.
I always worry about myself getting too critical when it comes to race issues given than I’m just a regular old whi… https://t.co/SHxQEifQmo— Dylan Goforth (@Dylan Goforth) 1541624302.0
@KateSpencer1 Essentially: “he was in the kkk but did a lot of good for Tulsa. It’s like doing a 12 step math probl… https://t.co/bKZdeJEpNb— Dylan Goforth (@Dylan Goforth) 1541624449.0