(BALTIMORE, MD, 7/11/19) - The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP today issued a joint statement condemning racist, anti-Semitic tweets posted by an employee of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, and urging him to resign from his post.
The messages allegedly posted by Crescenzo Gizzi contained racist symbols and references, and offensive language targeting African-American, immigrant and Jewish communities.
Some posts referred to Baltimore as a “cesspool,” and identified photos of Nazi soldiers as “true warriors” who are his kind of “illegal immigrants.” One tweet contained a swastika with the caption: “The only German I want to speak is this type of German.” He also reportedly tweeted updates on his progress “painting a German model tank with an Iron Cross.”
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"There is no space in a city as diverse as Baltimore for hate speech and hateful social media posts,” said Rev. Kobi Little, president of the Baltimore City NAACP. “There is certainly no room for taxpayer dollars to fund the salaries of white supremacists. Given Baltimore's rich immigrant history and vibrant immigrant communities, no Baltimore City employee should espouse anti-immigrant sentiments. Our message is clear: If you don't like us, don't work for our City. The individual who allegedly made these tweets should find some personal integrity, take responsibility for his actions and resign immediately."
“City employees are entitled to their views like everyone else, but especially in a city as diverse as Baltimore, racists and bigots are unfit to serve any public interests,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We strongly condemn these disturbing tweets and urge Mr. Gizzi to step down immediately.”
Chaudry referenced reports suggesting that bullying is rapidly becoming an epidemic in city schools, and stressed the need for public servants, officials and the community at large to band together to set a positive example for students.
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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.
The NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate race-based discrimination.