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CAIR Condemns Anti-BLM, Anti-CRT Harassment Targeting Colorado Elementary School

(WASHINGTON, DC, 1/26/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the racist harassment of parents and staff of a Denver, Colo., elementary school.

According to the principal of Centennial Elementary School, which has been targeted by right-wing attacks over anti-racist teaching:

“A man came to our front door, talked with a team member through our intercom and said that he wanted to register his granddaughter at our school. We buzzed him in. Once inside our main office, he talked with our team about the registration process. The conversations suddenly changed to his opposition of our participation in the ‘Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.’”

After harassing school staff, the man went outside and began harassing parents on the sidewalk.

SEE: DPS increases security at school after visitor entered under false pretenses, harassed parents and staff

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/dps-increases-security-at-school-after-visitor-entered-on-false-pretenses-harassed-parents-and-staff

Denver Public Schools: Man upset over critical race theory lied to enter school, shouted at staff

https://www.9news.com/video/news/local/next/denver-public-schools-man-upset-over-critical-race-theory-lied-to-enter-school-shouted-at-staff/73-4251786c-7dad-43ce-87ff-93575da4352e

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:

“Bigots should not be allowed to set the agenda for teaching our nation’s youth about the systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy that have negatively impacted minority communities throughout American history.”

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incident on Utah School Bus, Calls for Anti-Racism Curriculum in District

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.    

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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-Colorado Acting Board Chair Krista Cole, kcole@cair.com, 703-501-0961; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com   

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