(WASHINGTON, DC, 12/16/2019) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for disciplinary action against U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy cadets and midshipmen who allegedly flashed a “white power” hand sign at Saturday’s Army-Navy football game.
Both academies say they are investigating the “OK” hand signs by at least two West Point cadets and a Naval Academy midshipman on a live television broadcast. That hand gesture has become popular with white supremacists as a display of the initial letters of “white power.” Some have suggested a non-racist alternative motive for the hand signs.
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“If these cadets and midshipman sought to promote white supremacy, or if they lacked the judgment required to understand the widely-discussed racist implications of this hand sign, they need to face strong disciplinary action,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper said West Point military academy recently removed a motto from a flag used by its football team because of its connection to white supremacist groups.
He noted that CAIR 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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The Washington-based civil rights organization has challenged a number of Trump’s white supremacist, racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic appointments and policies.
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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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com