(ATLANTA, GA - 9/13/2019) -- The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) today joined other civil rights organizations in condemning a planned white supremacist, pro-Trump rally in Dahlonega. Ga., and called on the Lumpkin County Republican Party to denounce the event after initially "liking" a post about it on Facebook.
In a statement, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
"No one should be surprised that white supremacists plan to host a rally for President Trump, who has fomented racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry against the American people.
"What should surprise everyone is the Lumpkin County Republican Party's refusal to explicitly condemn the event after expressing support for it on Facebook. In the fight against white supremacy, a wink and a nod is just as unacceptable as silence."
Earlier this year, the Lumpkin County Republican Party's Facebook page "liked" a post that referenced the event. More recently, the party posted a statement on Facebook laying out its process for officially endorsing events, but not specifically mentioning or repudiating the pro-Trump rally.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
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CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq., 404-419-6390, firstname.lastname@example.org