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CAIR Condemns Wisconsin GOP White Supremacist Meme, Racist Vandalism of Latino Massachusetts Candidates

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a white supremacist meme shared on Wisconsin’s Winnebago County Republican Party Facebook page and racist messages found on campaign signs of two Latino candidates for elected office in Massachusetts.

The Wisconsin GOP Facebook post listed attributes such as having car insurance, a full-time job, no criminal record, and a good credit score as “signs of white supremacy.” Some who commented on the post called it “disgusting” and “inappropriate.”

SEE: Winnebago County GOP shares controversial meme identifying “signs of white supremacy”

https://www.wbay.com/2021/06/28/winnebago-county-gop-shares-controversial-meme-identifying-signs-white-supremacy/

In Massachusetts, two Latino candidates found racist messages on the back of their campaign signs at a busy intersection.

SEE: Holyoke candidates decry racist messages on campaign signs

https://www.gazettenet.com/Holyoke-candidates-Joshua-Garcia-Israel-Rivera-decry-racist-sign-vandalism-41344037

“All those involved in our nation’s political process must stand firmly against racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, and all other forms of bigotry,” said CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert McCaw.

McCaw noted that CAIR today called on Tennessee’s Knoxville Police Department (KPD) to fire an officer who reportedly made racist remarks and to allow for an independent investigation into alleged racism in the Department, after an officer filed a complaint saying commanders lied about the way they handled racist harassment.

SEE: CAIR Urges Firing of Tennessee Police Officer Who Made Racist Remarks, Calls for Independent Probe of Racism in Department

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.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi, Anti-Semitic Desecration of Headstones in Maryland Jewish Cemetery

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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 Department Director Robert McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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