CAIR-MI Concerned Over Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism in Detroit Fire Department EMS Division

CAIR MI logo(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 5/16/2017) -- The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today expressed concern about the reported racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic atmosphere in the EMS Division of the City of Detroit Fire Department.

At least one individual who boasts of being a captain with the fire department is utilizing that social media outlet to unleash a torrent of racist and xenophobic material. Much of the offensive content targets immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups.

CAIR-MI viewed more than 50 offensive Facebook posts from Captain Tim Goodman. Among the images Captain Goodman has posted of himself in uniform are some of the most deeply insensitive and offensive images that CAIR-MI has ever seen from a public service worker. Some of the most offensive images were posted while Captain Goodman was on duty at the fire house.

One post includes an actual photo taken by Captain Tim Goodman on the corner of "Greenfield and Grandriver Ave," just blocks from the firehouse where he works as a supervisor, captioned: "This is what's wrong with America. . .Deeeeetroit." Another post shows images of Orthodox Jews with references to anti-Semitic stereotypes. Others posts include images of Hispanic immigrants stating that they will do "anything for papers," and one post suggesting that wet electronic devices be left in rice to "attract Asians to fix your electronics."

Other posts include images of individuals of Muslim and Arabic descent with images of camels and captions including "They're all terrorists” and references to bestiality. Included in his posts, Captain Goodman states that he is a "Real American," because he "Drinks Beer and Carries a Gun. Eats bacon and not Humus. Drives a car, not a camel, and believes that goats are livestock and not wives."

Goodman also posted an image of the flag of the “Three Percenters.” Extremist group. In 2013, a group of Jersey City, N.J., police officers were disciplined for wearing patches of that group.

Detroit has only a handful of Muslims working in the EMS Division of the City of Detroit Fire Department, some of whom are directly supervised by Captain Goodman.

“It is exactly this type of xenophobic and racist atmosphere perpetrated at the City of Detroit Fire Department that led CAIR-MI to file a recent EEOC complaint on behalf of a paramedic,” said CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure. "No civil servant who risks their life to save others should be subjected to explicit and implicit racism and xenophobia in the workplace.”

CAIR offers a booklet, called "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices," to help corporate managers gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Staff Attorney Amy Doukoure, 313-405-9130, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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