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CAIR Calls on CNN to Drop Rick Santorum as Commentator After Remarks Denigrating Native American Culture, Ignoring Genocide

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/26/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on CNN to drop former senator Rick Santorum as a commentator after he made comments whitewashing the genocide of Native Americans and denigrating their contributions to American culture.

In remarks Monday to the right-wing Young America’s Foundation, Santorum said: “We birthed a nation from nothing. I mean, there was nothing here. I mean, yes, we have Native Americans, but, candidly, there isn’t much Native American culture in American culture.”

SEE: ‘Racist trash’: CNN urged to fire Rick Santorum for ‘whitewashing’ Native American genocide

https://www.rawstory.com/rick-santorum/

Fury as Rick Santorum dismisses Native Americans and claims ‘there was nothing here’ when colonists arrived

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/rick-santorum-cnn-native-americans-b1837806.html


In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“CNN should never again invite Rick Santorum as a commentator after he attempted to whitewash the European genocide of this continent’s indigenous population and to dismiss the significance of Native America culture. We strongly support free speech — even by apparent white supremacists like Mr. Santorum — but freedom of speech does not guarantee a legitimizing platform on a mainstream media outlet.” 


He noted that just yesterday, CAIR supported an event in Virginia to protest the desecration of an historic Native American and African American cemetery and recommended that Santorum read the book “Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World.”

VIDEO: Muslims Join N. Virginia Coalition at #NativeAmerican Cleansing and Healing Ceremony for ‘Desecrated’ Historic African American and Native American Cemetery 

https://twitter.com/CAIRNational/status/1386434529695436802

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

CAIR’s 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.     

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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