(BALTIMORE, MD, 1/18/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned hate incidents in Anne Arundel County, Md., and in a Northeast neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
On Thursday afternoon, a Nazi swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti threatening violence was discovered in a boys’ bathroom at Severn River Middle School.
SEE: Violent statements and swastika found in Anne Arundel County middle school bathroom
In part, School Principal Richard Tubman said in a statement:
“As you are aware, we had an incident in December in which a student wrote hate-filled messages on a desk. I asked you at that time – and I implore you now – to have conversations with your child about the need to embrace our diversity and accept and include every single person. Each one of us has value as a human being. We cannot, must not, and will not allow hate and bigotry to invade our school culture. We as a staff will stand firmly against such instances and I ask you to do the same.”
On Friday, anti-Semitic messages were discovered near a Washington, D.C., auto shop calling for a “Jexit” presumed to be a “Jewish brexit.” The same slur was discovered in at least two other nearby locations.
SEE: Police: Anti-Semitic messages found near DC auto shop investigated as possible hate crime
Both incidents are under investigation by police. The D.C. incidents are being investigated as a hate crime.
“We condemn these hate incidents and urge our nation’s leaders to repudiate the growing bigotry nationwide that results in the targeting of minority communities,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry.
CAIR has joined coalition partners in Anne Arundel County multiple times to denounce and mobilize in response to a long string of bias-motivated incidents in that school system, including a recent incident where the message “Kill All Blacks” was discovered on a sign-in sheet for school counseling appointments.
SEE: CAIR, Partner Groups Condemn ‘Kill All Blacks’ Message at Maryland High School
CAIR recently also condemned hate symbols and language at several Maryland college campuses.
SEE: University of Maryland Police investigating swastika, anti-LGBT messages found in dorms
CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ‘Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period.
The organization has welcomed Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to strengthen hate crime laws in the state.
Students, parents and educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves on their rights in institutions of learning, and to contact authorities and civil rights organization if they feel that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment.
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.
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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062