(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/30/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today called for the removal of a South Carolina judge who has a history of racist, Confederate-supporting and anti-immigrant statements.
Magistrate Mike Pitts, a retired police officer who does not have a law license, was confirmed by the state Senate in June of this year. In May, he posted a photo of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with the caption: “Cory Booker alway [sic] looks like he just hit crack real hard.”
In a 2017 Facebook post, Pitts complained about people “from the Middle East” in Walmart and wrote, “after being subject to this incident I now support shutting down all immigration until we stop the demise of our culture.”
Pitts opposed the removal of a Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds after the 2015 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.
SEE: He defended the Confederate flag and insulted immigrants. Now he’s an SC judge.
“A person with such racist and xenophobic views should not be placed in a position that will inevitably impact the lives of citizens in a diverse community,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Relevant authorities should remove Magistrate Pitts from his post in order to maintain the objectivity and impartiality of the South Carolina judicial system.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.