(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/25/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to drop a newly-announced tip line for parents to report teachers who instruct their students about systemic racism.
In an interview, Youngkin said parents could contact the state to report any teachers they believed to be “behaving objectionably.”
He said: “We’re asking for folks to send us reports and observations that they have that will help us be aware of things like privilege bingo, be aware of their child being denied their rights that parents have in Virginia. And we’re going to make sure we catalog it all.
“This gives us a great insight into what’s happening at a school level, and that gives us further ability to make sure we’re rooting it out.”
SEE: Virginia’s new Republican governor, who banned critical race theory in schools, is launching a tip line for parents to report their kids’ teachers
“Governor Youngkin’s new tip line to block anti-racism teaching will inevitably result in teachers being targeted and harassed for simply instructing their students about racism or any other subject deemed ‘objectionable’ by those with a political agenda,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “What have we become as a society if teachers facethe wrath of anonymous tipsters for merely seeking to educate their students about the history of racism and its continuing negative impact on our society?”
He 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.
Yesterday, CAIR welcomed the arrest of a man who allegedly yelled racist, anti-immigrant comments at workers in a Fairfield, Conn., smoothie shop.
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