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CAIR Again Condemns Racist Graffiti in University of Maryland Building, Offers Campus Diversity Workshop

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/18/17) — The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Nazi swastikas and yet more racist graffiti discovered in the Plant Sciences Building of the University of Maryland’s College Park campus. 

SEE: Swastika found in University of Maryland’s plant sciences building

This is the latest in a string of incidents spanning at least one year involving racist imagery and slurs on the campus. In May of this year, a black Bowie State University student Richard Collins was murdered by a University of Maryland student with ties to white supremacist groups. He has since been indicted on murder charges in Collins’ death.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Murder of Maryland College Student by Suspect with White Supremacist Links

“Despite measures by campus administration to promote tolerance, this latest display of racist symbols and messages is yet another indicator of a campus environment that is increasingly hostile toward many minority students,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “CAIR is in touch with University of Maryland’s recently-appointed Campus Diversity Taskforce, and we look forward to working together to create a more inclusive and safe learning environment for all students.” 

The Washington-based civil rights organization said it has witnessed an unprecedented increase in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump 

CAIR asks community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at:

Because of the rise in hate incidents, CAIR recently launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. 

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua. – END –

CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,


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