(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/16/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned an alleged death threat targeting Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District Democratic primary candidate Chris Hale for criticizing white supremacy and the Confederate flag.
Hale called Grundy County a “hotbed of white supremacy” after a July 4th parade at which Confederate battle flags were flown. He also called the confederate flag, “traitorous and racist.”
A comment was left on his Facebook page that read, “you can’t say what you said and then want to come back and try to make it right— thats [sic] not going to work-anyone in this county that heard your words will not be there for you—you might as well just go on down the road—Me personally want to put a bullet in your head and I just might.”
SEE: Tennessee congressional candidate threatened after calling Grundy County a ‘hotbed of white supremacy’
CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“Free speech protects criticizing racist symbols. It does not however protect death threats against those who wish to call out white supremacy. It is unfortunate that those who push to see this nation move toward a more inclusive environment are subjected to such bigoted responses.”
Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy.
CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd, on its Capitol Hill headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, email@example.com