CAIR Condemns Racist Language by Maryland Officials, Calls for Accountability and Remediation

(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/30/19) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a pattern of racist language and references by officials in Maryland.

On Friday, May 24, Republican State Delegate Robin Grammar posted in a Baltimore County Public Schools Facebook group for parents and teachers that members of the former county schools superintendent’s leadership team should be hung. 

SEE: 'Hang them high': Baltimore County delegate draws fire for Facebook comment aimed at school officials 
https://www.baltimoresun.com/education/bs-md-co-grammer-school-board-comment-20190527-story.html

On Saturday May 25, Sgt. Mike Mancuso ignited controversy after tweeting from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3’s Twitter account calling inner city youth “criminals.” 

SEE: Baltimore police union leader infers city youths are ‘criminals’ in viral tweet 
https://thegrio.com/2019/05/27/baltimore-police-union-tweet-youths-criminals/

Earlier this year, State Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti was unanimously censured by the House of Delegates for referring to a Prince George’s County district as a “n—— district.” 

SEE: 'Are we a n-word district, too?' Black community in Harford grapples with Del. Lisanti's racist remark as she promises healing

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-lisanti-friday-20190301-story.html

“Public officials have an obligation to conduct themselves in a dignified, fair and impartial manner at all times,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “In each of these cases, these individuals have demonstrated reckless and irresponsible behavior that has hurt communities of color and compromised public trust.”

Chaudry added: “Apologies and clarifications prompted by community outcry cannot undo the pain their words and actions have inflicted. These types of incidents have become commonplace, and education, accountability and remediation must be part of the solution to addressing this crisis.”

The Washington-based civil rights organization is calling on these officials to issue a public service announcement (PSA) apologizing for their remarks, advising on the harmful consequences of racism and providing suggestions to their constituents on how they can help promote a more inclusive and safe society for all. 

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

 


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