Letter condemns remarks by Chattanooga council candidate about Jewish slave owners

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Chattanooga City Council candidate Marie Mott speaks alongside family, friends and supporters on Aug. 16, 2022.

Members of Chattanooga's Jewish community are criticizing remarks City Council candidate Marie Mott made about Jewish slave owners in a 2020 video, which has resurfaced in the days leading up to a Thursday runoff election for an open seat on the panel.

"As members of Chattanooga's Jewish community, we strongly condemn Marie's comments and denounce antisemitism in any form," members of the community said in a letter obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday evening.

The letter was signed by 32 people, including three rabbis.

"Hate has been prevalent throughout our history," it said. "In the past several years, we have seen a resurgence of hate-mongering aimed at all minority communities. We must come together to stand up against hate instead of further dividing our communities."

Mott is squaring off against Councilwoman Marvene Noel, of Orchard Knob, who was appointed to the District 8 seat on City Council in March.