BALTIMORE, MD, 5/24/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist, hateful graffiti spray-painted on public school property in Howard County.
Swastika graffiti found at Howard County high school
The hateful slurs and symbols included swastikas and were discovered early Thursday morning.
“We condemn this repulsive act at Glenelg High School and applaud school officials’ swift response to notify authorities and offer support to students and the community,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “The hate-filled views these symbols represent have no place in any learning environment. We will continue to strongly challenge the emboldening of hate in our schools.”
Chaudry noted that last week, CAIR held a news conference offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator responsible for sending Islamophobic threats and messages to a Maryland Muslim teen who campaigned for a school member of her county’s board of education.
CAIR’s 2018 Civil Rights Report, ”˜Targeted’, the organization recorded a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against Muslim Americans from 2016-17, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same time period.
Earlier this month, CAIR condemned an anti-Semitic attack against Jewish students at Towson University.
According to reports, the two students were verbally and physically assaulted by other students because of their Jewish faith.
CAIR has also condemned a disturbing pattern of racist, anti-Black incidents at public schools in Anne Arundel County, including:
- an AP class essay written by a student suggesting extermination of the Black race
- a racist petition circulated by “Kool Kids Klan” – a thinly veiled reference to the KKK
- swastikas and racial slurs discovered on school property
- nooses hung on school property
These incidents are only the most recent examples of intolerant attitudes observed in Maryland public schools.
The organization recently welcomed Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to strengthen hate crime laws in the state.
CAIR is 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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