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CAIR Condemns Louisiana ‘Whites-Only’ Cemetery, White Supremacist Graffiti in Kentucky

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/29/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a Louisiana cemetery that refused to bury a Black man because he was not white and similarly condemned white supremacist graffiti at a Kentucky university. 

In Allen Parish, La., Oaklin Springs Cemetery refused to sell a plot to a family wanting to bury their father, 55-year-old Deputy Darrell Semien. The cemetery produced a contract drafted nearly 70 years ago that states it only offers white people, “the right of burial of the remains of white human beings.” 

The staff reportedly told the family, “There’s no coloreds allowed.” The president of Oaklin Springs Cemetery later publicly apologized for the remarks of his staff. The family of Deputy Semien said this cemetery was chosen to honor their father’s wishes to be buried close to home.

SEE: After a Black man was denied a spot in a ‘Whites-only’ cemetery in Louisiana, the graveyard has apologized

“It is sad that anti-Black racism and white supremacy continue even after death in our nation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This disturbing incident should be a wake-up call for all those who deny the existence of systemic racism.”

In Highlands Heights, Ky., the hate group Patriot Front allegedly vandalized Northern Kentucky University’s campus on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The group graffitied the university with their logo and name and circulated stickers with hate language.  

SEE: NKU leaders investigating after white supremacist graffiti, propaganda found on campus

In a statement, CAIRKentucky Board member and former Chair Waheedah Muhammad said:     

“We urge all Americans to stand up and oppose the growing bigotry and extremism we are witnessing in our state and nationwide. Good people must speak louder than those who spread evil. As a Black American, I look forward to the day when America lives up to her aspirations for racial justice and equity for all her citizens.”

Muhammad said Washington-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.      

SEE: CAIR-Georgia Calls for Expulsion of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Over Violent, Threatening Remarks

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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 Kentucky Board Member, Waheedah Muhammad, (859) 545-0651,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,     

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