(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/12/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a racist Facebook post by an Indiana Republican state lawmaker.
State Rep. Jim Lucas posted a photo on Facebook of black children dancing, with the words “We gon’ get free money!” Lucas denied that the post was racist.
SEE: Indiana lawmaker accused of racism for posting meme of black children celebrating ‘free money’
“Our state and national leaders have a duty to act without bias and to avoid actions that will further divide our nation along racial lines,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Representative Lucas should recognize the bigoted nature of his post and apologize to his constituents.”
Hooper added that the Indiana Republican Party should repudiate the racist post.
The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.
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Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.
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.
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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com