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CAIR Calls for Independent Probe into Racism at N.C. School, Supports Anti-Racism Teaching in Utah After Backlash 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 12/3/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for an independent investigation into reports of racism at a high school in Chapel Hill, N.C.  

Washington, D.C., based CAIR also supported anti-racism teaching in Cache Co., Utah following backlash. 

In North Carolina, a news radio station report revealed that two Black teaching assistants at East Chapel Hill High School’s special education department were reportedly asked to leave their regular classroom due to a request by a student’s parents that Black male staff not work with their child. The report led to a backlash from parents and student protests. Many community members said that racism has been a consistent problem at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The school district said they didn’t have the full story behind the news report and insisted that no teaching assistants were reassigned.  

SEE: Chapel Hill students, parents say racism at heart of teacher removal controversy

In Utah, an assembly at Cache County’s Sky View High School addressing recent racist actions by students led to backlash from some parents and community members, with one parent group saying the assembly was “steeped in critical race theory rhetoric and ideology.” Some even said it was “indoctrination.” The assembly featured a video depicting the mistreatment of people of color in America. The school’s principal apologized for the “division” caused by the video but said it was “great for our kids and good discussions.”  

SEE: Utah school assembly addressing racism erupts into its own controversy

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison said: 

“Racism must be challenged in all our nation’s institutions, especially in schools. It is America’s youth who have the potential to end the legacy of racism and white supremacy, but if they are educated in racist environments or if they are not taught the history of systemic anti-Black racism white supremacy in America, they will not be able to do so.” 

Allison said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and all other forms of bigotry.   

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, 

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