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Statement from the President - NAACP
Press Statement October 16, 2023

NAACP Condemns Hate Crime in Chicago

Statement from the President - NAACP


October 16, 2023

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,


WASHINGTON — NAACP President and CEODerrick Johnson released this statement following the murder of six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume:

"Once again, the proliferation of misinformation and hateful conspiracy theories has resulted in a life lost far too soon. Today, the NAACP grieves the loss of six-year old Wadea Al-Fayoume. No one should face the threat of violence in their own home, and we must do everything in our power to stop hate wherever it rears its ugly head. The NAACP is committed to combatting hate and speaking out against any act that threatens the safety of our most vulnerable communities. There is no place for hate in a democracy."

The tragic murder of Wadea Al-Fayoume, which also left his mother in critical condition, is being investigated as a hate crime. The suspect, who has now been charged with multiple felonies, was heard yelling Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian rhetoric before attacking the family.


About NAACP 

The NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for the civil rights due to Black America. Our legacy is built on the foundation of grassroots activism by the biggest civil rights pioneers of the 20th century and is sustained by 21st century activists. From classrooms and courtrooms to city halls and Congress, our network of members across the country works to secure the social and political power that will end race-based discrimination. That work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people. We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF - was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but now operates as a completely separate entity.