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CAIR Calls on Indiana GOP to Apologize for Racist Facebook Post

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/1/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on the Indiana Republican Party to apologize for a racist post on the official Facebook page of the Brown County (IN) Republican Party.

That post, which has since been taken down, included white supremacist and racist tropes, including claiming that Black people come from “jungles,” have “virtually no intellectual achievements” and are incompatible with white people’s “majestic civilization.” When contacted by the media, Brown County Republican Party Chairman Mark Bowman the post was not a statement from the Republican Party, even though it was posted on the party’s page.

SEE: Racist post on Brown County GOP Facebook elicits bipartisan backlash

https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/politics/racist-post-on-brown-county-gop-facebook-elicits-bipartisan-backlash/article_48ae09be-a9e1-11eb-b8c8-474f0cf7dcfa.html

Post on GOP Facebook page prompts questions

http://www.bcdemocrat.com/2021/04/27/post-on-gop-facebook-page-prompts-questions/

GOP group promotes ‘disgusting’ essay claiming Black people are ‘incompatible with other races’

https://www.rawstory.com/gop-group-promotes-disgusting-essay-claiming-blacks-are-incompatible-with-other-races/

“Indiana Republican leaders should immediately apologize for this racist post and speak out clearly against the white supremacy and systemic anti-Black racism it represents,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

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

SEE: CAIR-MO Condemns Effort in Missouri Legislature to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching

CAIR-MA Condemns Vandalism Targeting Historic Black Churches in Everett, Springfield

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.   

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com   

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