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CAIR Condemns Hate Symbols, Language Discovered at University of Maryland College Park Campus

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/7/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned hate symbols and language discovered on the University of Maryland campus in College Park. 

SEE: University of Maryland Police investigating swastika, anti-LGBT messages found in dorms

According to police, authorities are investigating after students reported discovering a Nazi swastika and anti-LGBT messages scrawled on whiteboards located in dorms in multiple buildings.

Earlier this year, under intense pressure to act, university officials announced plans to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus. In a statement, they said:

“UMD is committed to creating a campus free from hate, one where our community feels physically safe and safe to be who they are. The university has undertaken many actions to accomplish these goals, and significant work is still underway.”

SEE: UMD Continues Action Plan to Shape a More Welcoming and Inclusive Campus

“While we applaud this action plan as an important step in the right direction, clearly more needs to be done to address these incidents and discourage the proliferation of hate and intolerance at our schools and universities,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “All students should feel safe and included in our educational institutions, regardless of their identity.” 

Classes for the Fall 2018 semester began Aug. 27. Already this year, CAIR has condemned several instances of bias-motivated incidents and hate symbols discovered on school property and college campuses across the state. The organization has previously denounced numerous hate incidents specifically at University of Maryland. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Apparent Anti-Semitic Attack Targeting University Students in Maryland

Towson University investigating possible hate crime against two Jewish students

CAIR Condemns Hate Graffiti at High School in Howard County, Maryland

Swastika graffiti found at Howard County high school

CAIR Again Condemns Racist Graffiti in University of Maryland Building, Offers Campus Diversity Workshop

 

CAIR has condemned a disturbing pattern of racist, anti-Black incidents at public schools over the past two years 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 

SEE: Racial slurs found at Chesapeake High School

CAIR Condemns Racist Incident at Md. High School, Calls for ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy on Racism

Photo spelling out racial slur spurs calls for expulsion at Bel Air High School

The civil rights organization welcomed Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to strengthen hate crime laws in the state.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Maryland Lawmakers’ Move to Strengthen State’s Hate Crime Laws

Students, parents and educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves on their rights in institutions of learning, and to contact appropriate authorities and civil rights organization if they feel that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment. 

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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CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062zchaudry@cair.com

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