Oh, that was the President of the Illinois NAACP! Maybe they should bring me in as Interim President. I'm much more careful about my rhetoric and identify as a ...Oh that's not funny.
I guess I'm not that careful. Hmmmm
Illinois NAACP president pushed to resign for alleged comments calling migrants ‘savages,’ rapists, burglars
Teresa Haley denies making the inflammatory comments about asylum-seekers apparently captured on video from a recent conference call of NAACP leaders.
By Kade Heather, Sumtimes
Dec 14, 2023,
Teresa Haley, president of the Illinois NAACP, in 2021. Members of the civil rights organization are calling for Haley to step down after comments she made in a conference call about asylum-seekers sleeping on the streets of Chicago.
Teresa Haley, president of the Illinois NAACP, is pictured in 2021. Members of the civil rights organization are calling for Haley to step down after comments she made in a conference call about asylum-seekers sleeping on the streets of Chicago.
The president of the Illinois NAACP allegedly referred to migrants as “savages,” rapists and burglars during a recent conference call, prompting calls for her to resign and apologize.
Teresa Haley was protesting the government rushing to provide migrants with housing and other services as unhoused Black people have been disregarded, according to video of the meeting shared by former DuPage County NAACP President Patrick Watson.
“But these immigrants that come over here, they’ve been raping people, they’ve been breaking into homes. They’re like savages as well,” a woman Watson identified as Haley can be heard saying on the video.
Haley couldn’t be reached for comment. Calls made to the Illinois NAACP were not returned.
Reached by WLS-Ch. 7 while on vacation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Haley denied making the statements and suggested the video was fabricated, noting, “with AI, anything is possible.”
Gov. J.B. Pritzker called Haley’s comments about migrants “reprehensible” at an event this week.
“I would hope that she would apologize for the remarks. I also think that people should recognize that immigrants to this country are all around us,” Pritzker said.
Watson resigned as president of the DuPage County NAACP on Tuesday, calling Haley’s comments “abhorrent.”
“I will remain allying with the communities abhorrent to Ms. Haley, mistaken in her words that advocating powerfully and effectively for the descendants of the formerly enslaved means to denigrate others struggling to find their way,” Watson said.
He called on Haley to resign.
“Those granted positions must not allow themselves to become agents of hate speech and divisiveness,” he said.
Before the comments in question, Haley warned other Illinois cities to “get ready” for an influx of asylum-seekers, saying, “They’re up to 80,000 immigrants on the West Side of Chicago and the South Side.”
Nearly 26,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago since August 2022, and almost 14,000 remain in shelters, according to the city.
“People are even renting out abandoned buildings and allowing them to live up in there, and that’s inhumane because they don’t have the sewage, the plumbing, the draining, but to get them off the streets, they’re just housing them anywhere,” the woman identified as Haley said.