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CAIR, Coalition Partners Condemn Latest Incident of Nooses Discovered in Calvert County, Md.

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/11/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined ACLU of Maryland, NAACP Maryland State Conference, and CASA to strongly condemn the fifth incident in which a noose was discovered at a construction site in Calvert County, Maryland.

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“This despicable incident is another chilling reminder that hate has become more emboldened in our own state,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “We cannot sit idly by and allow hate to be mainstreamed in society. We must work together to defeat intolerance by pushing back against the prejudice and fear with which it is fueled. “

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Nicholas DeFelice at (410) 535-2800 or defelinb@co.cal.md.us.

Chaudry noted that the hangman's noose is one of the most powerful visual hate symbols against African-Americans. Its origins are connected to the history of lynching in America – particularly in the South after the Civil War, when violence or threat of violence replaced slavery as one of the main forms of social control used over African-Americans.

This is among the latest in an alarmingly long string of confirmed or suspected hate incidents across Maryland in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. CAIR recently issued a call urging unity and vigilance.

SEE: CAIR Urges Vigilance, Solidarity After Spike in Hate Incidents Across Maryland

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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