(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/10/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for “appropriate disciplinary action” against a Wisconsin college official who posted Islamophobic, anti-Black Lives Matter movement and other offensive comments online.
CAIR also welcomed and encouraged the official to directly engage with the Muslim community.
Chris Jossart, manager of media relations at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wisc., posted the offensive the comments on his public LinkedIn page.
He reportedly called the Black Lives Matter movement “a disgrace” and “get rid of the anti-American filth causing cancer to our nation” on a post about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a Muslim. Jossart stated: “Islam is all over the world infiltrating every nation, and (Joe) Biden wants their beliefs in our already tainted public school curriculum.” He also called COVID-19 “a hoax from China.”
FVTC President Susan May said Friday: “Comments made by this individual do not represent the views, nor the values, of the College.” In a statement to local media, Jossart apologized “for any offense or harm” his comments caused.
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In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
“We urge Fox Valley Technical College to conduct a transparent investigation of this disturbing matter and to take appropriate disciplinary action based on the college’s policies. Everyone has the First Amendment right to free speech, but that right does not guarantee public school employees the right to engage in such bigotry. We also welcome and encourage Mr. Jossart to directly engage with us or other members of the Muslim community so that he can truly learn and grow from this experience.”
He said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, firstname.lastname@example.org