Posted on December 28, 2023

Illinois NAACP President Is Suspended After Branding ‘Rapists and Savages’ Who Are Taking Resources From Black and Homeless People

Alex Hammer, Daily Mail, December 28, 2023

The head of the Illinois Chapter of the NAACP has been suspended over her inflammatory comments about migrants.

Teresa Haley made the remarks during a Zoom call in October, where she labeled the more than 25,000 new arrivals ‘savages’ and ‘rapists’.

The soundbite soon went viral, and eventually elicited both an apology from Haley, and a statement from the seminal civil rights group.

In a statement, the Baltimore-based agency confirmed it had suspended Haley, 58, on December 13 – the day before she issued her apology.

When contacted Thursday, the NAACP did not immediately offer information or clarification on the retired state staffer’s removal, including how long it will last. In the earlier statement, they said they would not be providing ‘comment at this time.’

‘The NAACP stands firm in our commitment to advancing racial justice and cultivating a society where human dignity is respected,’ the 114-year-old institution said of Haley, was elected to her first two-year term as president in 2015.

‘As of December 13, NAACP Illinois State Conference President Teresa Haley has been suspended,’ the bulletin continued.

‘As an internal matter, there will be no additional comment at this time.’

Brass added: ‘The NAACP will continue to foster an environment that is reflective of our mission and respective of our membership.’

The announcement, meanwhile, was issued on December 15, almost two months after Haley let loose in a recorded call with state leaders – where she appeared to channel a 2016-era Donald Trump.

‘These immigrants who come over here, they’ve been raping people, they’ve been breaking into homes, they’re like savages as well,’ she said.

‘They don’t speak the language and they look at us like we’re crazy,’ she continued, before turning to communities she said are being ignored.

‘Black people have been on the streets forever and ever,’ Haley says at a point in the segment, which eventually earned scrutiny from her state’s governor, Democrat JB Pritzker.

‘And nobody cares,’ she then adds, citing how the city allegedly views residents of its famously embattled South and West sides as ‘drug addicts’ – that or vagrants with ‘mental health issues.’

‘But these immigrants who come over here,’ she added, ‘they don’t speak the language, and they look at us like we’re crazy.’

Almost immediately after, Pritzker called remarks ‘reprehensible’ and ‘extraordinarily inappropriate’, and ordered Haley to apologize.

His December 12 statement added that remarks like that are commentary on our entire society’, due to the fact that immigrants ‘are all around us.’

Pritzker’s words quickly proved prophetic, as days later, a resident of Chicago was filmed delivering essentially the same tirade to Mayor Brandon Johnson, over the city’s ‘sanctuary’ status the progressive’s failure to bring funds to more needy communities.

The exchange was recorded at the Chicago City Council’s special meeting exactly a week ago, at a meeting called to consider whether residents should vote on a referendum on the city’s sanctuary status for the upcoming year.

The meeting was thus filled with debate, and drew a fierce statement from a woman who billed herself as a Chicago native born and bred, Lauren Lawrence.

Speaking as Johnson stood deadpan at his podium, Lawrence lamented how she and others have witnessed a ‘transition’ that left citizens in the lurch, almost ‘as if a lot of people are not important here.’

She said: ‘I’m not against anyone coming in here legally. I want to say that clearly. But for those who have not, they don’t top us. They don’t go before us. We’re not last in line.’

The heated interaction, meanwhile, came days after the city scrapped a nearly $1million to build a migrant camp, due to the presence of toxic materials officials had reportedly already been warned about.

‘I’m not for the sanctuary city,’ the emotional woman at one point, before tearing into the relatively new mayor following a disastrous four years of Lori Lightfoot.

‘The reason why I’m not for the sanctuary city is because people have waited years to come in here legally,’ she continued, before officials called off the meeting prematurely due to an outpouring of agreement after Lawrence’s words.

‘There should not be two sets of laws,’ she continued, claiming residents of at-roisk have been left on in the figurative – and at times, literal – cold.

She further suggested Johnson – a man brought up in a suburb of Cook County – had let down these communities, which are predominantly black, by continuing Lightfoot’s guidance.

‘The West Side and the South Side black communities have been earmarked for having funds – never seen it,’ Lawrence said of the $138 million said to have been spent on addressing the constant stream of arrivals since last year.

‘We’re still waiting those funds to come into those communities.’

Mentioning the city’s recent rise in crime – up 17 percent from this past year – she turned her attention Johnson, who after emerging out of the gate as an unknown in a mass of competitive candidates this year, raised eyebrows with a lofty plan to reallocate law enforcement funds to other services like housing and education.

However, his now nearly yearlong tenure has so far fallen flat – a failure that Lawrence last week blamed on a misallocation of city money.

‘Brandon Johnson, many people stood behind you,’ Lawrence at first stated, before giving a rousing speech that caused officials to abruptly bring the Rules Committee meeting to an end, despite it being called to get citizens’ takes on the migrant situation in the first place.

‘They feel let down,’ Lawrence eventually concluded.

Haley’s comments months before were eerily similar, and expressed resentment toward shelter and aid given to the ‘busloads’ of migrants ‘dumped’ in the city on a daily basis.

Nearly a year into Johnson’s term, the city is still struggling with how to address the increasing influx of asylum seekers, with Johnson in October warning that 22 busloads a day would likely be the new norm.

Just days ago, the situation was revealed to be worse than originally thought, when records showed the city spent almost $1million on a shuttered migrant camp at a Brighton Park lot – despite warnings the site was not safe after toxic chemicals and heavy metals were found onsite.

The plans were scraped weeks before a five-year-old boy fell ill and was pronounced dead at one of Chicago’s spread-thin shelters at a warehouse with no heating housing thousands of other migrants on December 18.

Videos from inside showed coughing and crying children, some so cold they were wearing snow jackets, as water leaked from the ceiling onto the cots below.

The shelter was run by Favorite Healthcare Staffing, one of several contractors the city has paid tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to since September 2022 to run these ‘temporary’ shelters.

Despite there being 27 meant to accommodate thousands, more than 300 migrants remain living at police stations waiting for placement into a facility.

At another meeting last week where Johnson faced heat, the former teacher insisted the blame for Jean’s death laid squarely with southern governors like Texas’s Gregg Abbott.

‘They’re just dropping off people anywhere,’ Johnson argued, days after the migrant meeting where Lawrence spoke was called off over the outpour of criticism.

‘Do you understand how raggedy and how evil that is,’ he continued of the Southern state’s practices, which essentially made good on city’s like Chicago’s statements touting its ‘sanctuary’ status.

‘And then you want to hold us accountable for something that’s happening down at the border?’ the former Cook County commissioner said, before claiming that many of the asylum-seekers arriving in Chicago are already unwell due to the conditions they face at the border.

‘Do you hear me? They’re showing up sick,’ he said of the bussed arrivals. ‘The issue is not just how we respond in the city of Chicago, it’s the fact that we have a governor — a governor, an elected official in the state of Texas — that is placing families on buses without shoes, cold, wet, tired, hungry, afraid, traumatized.’

He continued: ‘And then they come to the city of Chicago where we have homelessness, we have mental health clinics that have been shut down and closed.

‘The governor of Texas needs to take a look in the mirror [and see] the chaos that he is causing for this country.’

As overall crime in Chicago remains on the rise, Haley – previously pegged as a rising star in the organization who won its activist of the year award in 2021 – told meeting attendees migrants were benefitting at the expense of black people.

‘We were the only people in America who were brought over here against our will and were slaves, sold into slavery,’ she said.

‘But unlike everybody else who comes over here, we’re so kind, we’re so friendly, you need some clothes, you need a place to stay, we’re gonna make it happen.’

Now put on leave, she had been scheduled to appear at a news conference December 16 in Springfield – for a speech that never materialized as it followed her now-confirmed suspension.

As officials weigh what to do with her, her previously reported effort to secure a seat on its national board is likely in jeopardy.

Current DuPage County board president Michael Childress – who previously offered his full support to Haley in that quest – last week said ‘These comments are not indicative of what the NAACP stands for, but I’m not going to speak on behalf of [Haley].’

As for the Illinois NAACP president, ABC7 Chicago reported that she – earlier this month before issuing her apology – told one of its reporters in a phone call while she was on vacation in Dubai, that she did not make the comments and that the video was fake and was created with artificial intelligence.

“With AI, anything is possible,” the civil rights leader reportedly said.

Meanwhile, crime – and migrant arrivals – in the Windy City continue to remain an issue.

City officials, however, seem happy to continue their current course, voting down an attempt to advance a non-binding referendum question that would have asked voters if Chicago should remain a sanctuary city just last week. has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment.