Georgia NAACP Issues Statement following Lt. Governor's Press Conference on Hate Crime Bill


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ATLANTA, GA -- The press conference held at the Georgia State Capitol by Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 addressed the Hate Crime Bill, HB 426 during the Georgia General Assembly.

Georgia NAACP President Woodall states his concerns, "After watching Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan's press conference today introducing his new hate crimes bill, we have many concerns. This bill does not address the demands our organization nor Just-Georgia Coalition created based on what the communities in Brunswick, Cuthbert, Statesboro, and so many others demand after seeing their neighbors murdered by law enforcement and racist vigilantes. We demand our legislative leaders address our continued demands to repeal citizen's arrest and stand your ground in addition to ensuring that Georgia's elections are fixed by requiring the Secretary of State to do his job."

Until these demands are heard, we cannot trust that this legislation will end the systemic racism in the judicial system. We need legislation that holds law enforcement, local, and state elected officials accountable to ensure Black lives like Ahmaud Arbery and Jimmy Atchison hold immediate consequences at the prosecutorial and judicial level. Creating a Hate Crime Bill that increased the mandatory minimum by just two years is a waste of time and furthermore oppresses the advancement of African Americans in this state. We will continue to see happen until white supremacy is completely abolished.


About Georgia NAACP

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at

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