(LOS ANGELES, CA - 6/27/2019) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned a video of high school students in the Antelope Valley shown applying blackface paint and making racial slurs.
The video shows a group of teenagers repeatedly saying the N-word and making other racial slurs while and putting dark face paint on another person's face. According to KABC/7, the students attend Quartz Hills High School and the video, originally posted to Snapchat, has been shared thousands of times.
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In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the Antelope Valley Union High School District condemned the video:
"We were recently made aware of a social media video showing a group of teenagers exhibiting deeply offensive, and inexcusable racist behavior. This runs counter to the District's core values of integrity, respect for the individual, diversity, and community. We are working on identifying those in the video, while including our law enforcement partners, and will take action as deemed appropriate ... ."
In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:
“While disappointing, it is not surprising to see and hear young people openly expressing such hatred. The current trend of normalizing hate speech has emboldened bigots in their speech, as well as their actions. That trend has made it seem acceptable for youths to commit and share such acts via social media.”
This hatred has absolutely no place in our society. We commend the school district for its quick response and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for investigating this incident.”
CAIR and the American Muslim community have in the past expressed solidarity with African American, Jewish, Christian, Native American and Sikh communities nationwide following acts of hate, threats, violence, vandalism, arson or bombings.
“Racism, xenophobia and bigotry in any forms are unacceptable,” Ayloush said.
“We will continue to stand up and defend our fellow community members in the face of hatred.”
Ayloush urged community members to report any bias or school bullying incidents to police and to CAIR-LA's Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at: https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.
CAIR-LA is Southern California’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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