Virginia NAACP President calls on Virginia Senate to immediately censure state Senator Amanda Chase

RICHMOND (January 23, 2021) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. released the following statement calling for the censure of Virginia Senator Amanda Chase:

“The Virginia State Conference NAACP calls on the Virginia Senate to swiftly censure State Senator Amanda Chase. Not only was she in Washington, D.C. during the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol, but she supported and sympathized with the insurrectionists.

Following the incident, Senator Chase described the participants as ‘patriots who loved their country.’ Those who attempted a coup at the United States Capitol were no patriots.

Senator Chase’s pattern of divisive, race-baiting politics must be stopped once and for all. Her recent attempt to censure Senator L. Louise Lucas – the first Black president pro tempore of the Virginia Senate – is simply a racist sideshow distraction from the truth.

The Virginia Senate should not permit anyone who defends sedition and engages in race-baiting to serve.

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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