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CAIR Central California Condemns Tulare County Supervisor’s Racist ‘Tortilla’ Comment

(TULARE, CA, 04/17/2020) – The Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CC) today condemned a racist comment made Tuesday by Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pete Vander Poel.

READ: Editorial: Tulare County supervisor’s ‘tortilla’ comment was racist. Apology to community is needed (Fresno Bee)

LISTEN: Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability’s tweet including audio of the comment

When fellow Supervisor Eddie Valero asked for more information during a discussion on COVID-19, Vander Poel said, “Supervisor Valero wants another bite of the tortilla.”

In a statement, CAIR-CC Outreach Director Sukaina Hussain said:

“We condemn this racist comment made by Supervisor Vander Poel. It is disturbing that the chairman of the Board of Supervisors in a Latino-majority county would target his Latino colleague, Supervisor Valero, with such a derogatory and bigoted remark. He must be held accountable. “

Elkarra urged community members to report any bias incidents to law enforcement and to CAIR-SV/CC’s Civil Rights Department at 916-441-6269 or by filing a report online.

CAIR-SV/CC is an office of CAIR, 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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-SV/CC Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269 or

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