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CAIR Calls for Disciplinary Action Against South Carolina Basketball Coach Who Avoided Shaking Black Players’ Hands

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for disciplinary action against a South Carolina basketball coach for avoiding shaking the hands of African-American players on the opposing team. 

Richard Winn Academy is investigating a video showing Head Basketball Coach Nick Chaisson not shaking hands with all basketball players on the opposing team after a Thursday night game. The video shows the end of the basketball game when both teams walk in a line and shake hands. It shows the head coach skipping five players’ – all African-American – hands. However, the coach shook the hand of the Clarendon Hall coach, who is African-American. 

SEE: Private school investigates video of coach avoiding handshakes with certain players

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In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hoopersaid:

“We urge school district officials to investigate this disturbing incident and to take appropriate action based on the results of that investigation.” 

He noted that the Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization 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.

SEE: CAIR-Minnesota Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Vandalism Targeting Mosque, Muslim Business

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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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