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CAIR Condemns Iowa Governor’s Signing of Law Banning Anti-Racism Teaching

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/9/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today renewed its condemnation of another effort at the state level to ban anti-racism teaching in schools after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that bans “divisive topics” from being taught in schools and government entities.

The new law is part of a nationwide effort, promoted by ex-president Trump, to ban the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) concepts. CAIR condemned the legislation when it was introduced earlier this year.

SEE: Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs law to ban ‘divisive concepts’ in diversity training

CAIR Condemns Bill to Block Anti-Racism Teaching Iowa Schools

According to the American Bar Association, “CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”

SEE: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory

“This was wrong when it was introduced and it is wrong now to ban important discussion of the systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy that continues to harm our nation,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw.

He noted that CAIR has condemned similar efforts to ban anti-racism teaching in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, and New Hampshire.

SEE: CAIR Condemns ‘Cookie-Cutter’ Wisconsin Bill to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching

The states taking steps to ban critical race theory

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.

SEE: CAIR Supports Recommendation to Move North Carolina Confederate Monument

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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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