(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/28/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Alaska Attorney General Treg R. Taylor to review any case involving racial or religious discrimination impacted by an outgoing Alaska assistant attorney general who reportedly posted a series of racist and anti-Semitic messages on Twitter. It is not clear whether that official resigned or was fired.
SEE: Assistant Alaska attorney general investigated for racist social media posts leaves job
Last week, CAIR called for his removal.
SEE: CAIR Calls for Removal of Alaska Assistant Attorney General Who Posted Racist, Anti-Semitic Tweets
“We call on Alaska Attorney General Treg R. Taylor to review any case the former assistant attorney general worked on that involved racial or religious discrimination to ensure that the case was handled properly,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We welcome the fact that an individual who apparently espouses bigoted views will no longer be administering justice in Alaska.”
Investigations by anti-fascist researchers and The Guardian reportedly revealed that the assistant attorney general, who acted for the department of law in several civil rights cases, used the Twitter handle JReubenClark to post racist and anti-Semitic messages on Twitter.
The tweets included claims that Jews are involved in a conspiracy against white people and attacks on the Black Lives Matter movement and Black public figures. The account also promoted pseudo-scientific theories about racial differences in IQ. In one tweet, JReubenClark said the “Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race,” paraphrasing a statement by so-called Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. The account also regularly featured racist comments about Latinos and Native Americans.
Many tweets called for violence against political opponents. The account was one of the first to promote Deseret Nationalism, an extremist pseudo-religious ideology many followers of whom express racist and neo-Nazi ideas.
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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