AceShowbiz - While Barack Obama remains one of beloved leaders of America today, he is not immune to hate acts. The former president has just been targeted in another attack as a noose was found at the worksite of the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side.
The discovery has led to an investigation by Chicago police. In photos which have circulated online, a CPD officer was seen leaving the construction site Thursday afternoon, November 10 with what appears to be a plastic bag containing the rope.
"This morning we were informed that an act of hate was discovered at the project site," Lakeside Alliance, the group overseeing the construction, said in a statement, "We reported the incident to the police and will provide any assistance required to identify those responsible."
The construction company is even offering a $100,000 reward to help find whoever is responsible for hanging a noose at the building site. "We are horrified that this would occur on our site and are offering a $100,000 reward to help find the individual or individuals responsible for this shameful act," they added.
The discovery has led the company to suspend "all operations onsite in order to provide another series of these trainings and conversations for all staff and workers."
The Obama Foundation added in its own statement, "This shameless act of cowardice and hate is designed to get attention and divide us. Our priority is protecting the health and safety of our workforce. We have notified authorities who are investigating the incident."
Mayor Lori Lightfoot also condemned the act, saying, "Racism and racist symbols have no place in Chicago."
The Obama Presidential Center will sit on 19 acres of the 540-acre Jackson Park and is expected to open sometime in late 2025. The Obamas have said the $850 million presidential center is a "love letter" and a "thank you note" to the South Side of Chicago, which is where Obama met his now-wife Michelle Obama, started their family and his political career.
"This day has been a long time coming," he said last year. "We want this center to be more than a static museum or a source of archival research. It won't just be a collection of campaign memorabilia or Michelle's ballgowns, although I know everybody will come see those," the former POTUS joked. "It won't just be an exercise in nostalgia or looking backwards. We want to look forward."