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Hate Crime Committed Against Obama?

Pete Souza, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s what happened…

It has now been learned that construction at Barack Obama’s presidential library in Jackson Park has suddenly been halted after a mysterious noose was found on site.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a $100,000 reward is being offered to help identify the person or persons responsible for the noose.

Furthermore, officials for former President Barack Obama’s foundation said that the crime was a “shameless act of cowardice and hate”.

Lakeside Alliance, which is the construction team overseeing the project said, ”We reported the incident to the police and will provide any assistance required to identify those responsible.”

They added, ”We have zero tolerance for any form of bias or hate on our worksite. Anti-bias training is included in our onboarding process and reiterated during sitewide meetings. We are suspending all operations on-site in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff and workers.”

“Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our workforce. We have notified authorities who are investigating the incident.”

This incident has become such a large issue that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also released a statement condemning what happened.

Governor Pritzker referred to the noose as a symbol of racism and hate. Pritzker added that he would do everything in his power to catch the perpetrators responsible for this act.

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