Illinois NAACP President Suspended Following Comments About Migrants

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( – The president of the Illinois NAACP, Teresa Haley, has faced backlash and was suspended after a recent reference to migrants as being like “savages.”

According to The Hill, the comment was made during a meeting with NAACP leaders from all across Illinois over Zoom. In response to a question, she stated that there were migrants who were reaching Chicago and were ending up on the street. She argued that there were also Black people who had found themselves in similar situations for a long time, and yet no one cared or paid any attention to them.

In the video which was obtained by the local news outlet ABC 7, Haley stated that there were immigrants coming into the state, breaking into people’s homes, and raping people. She claimed that they were like “savages” who did not speak the language and looked at everyone else as if they were crazy.

Following the meeting, Haley received a lot of criticism, and many people have called for her resignation.

The NAACP national office in a statement confirmed that as of Wednesday, December 13, Haley had been suspended. However, they refused to make any additional comments regarding this case. They did point out that the NAACP was focused on the creation of an environment that was a reflection of their mission.

On Thursday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) stated during a press conference that Haley’s remarks were “reprehensible” and that she was hopeful she would be apologizing. He added that people need to recognize that “immigrants to this country are all around us.”

According to ABC7 Chicago, Haley released a statement apologizing for her comments.

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