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CAIR Condemns Maryland Public School Employee’s Use of Racial Slur During Parking Dispute, Offers Diversity Training and Resources

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/16/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the use of a racial slur by a Prince George’s County Public Schools employee against an African-American family in La Plata, Maryland, and offered diversity training and resources 

The employee, who is white and was identified after footage from the incident was posted online, was videotaped confessing to have called the father a “f**** n****” during a parking dispute with a family in the parking lot of a Walmart on Monday, November 12. 

SEE: Prince George’s County Public Schools employee used racial slur during parking dispute, family says

“While we’re glad the school system has placed the employee on leave while this incident is being investigated, it’s disturbing that one of its representatives exhibited such unabashed racist behavior, especially in the presence of children,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “We expect that all employees – especially those who may influence curriculum or have direct contact with students – receive appropriate diversity and anti-bias training.” 

Two weeks ago, the civil rights and advocacy organization joined Indivisible Anne Arundel County and the Caucus of African American Leaders to condemn a racist message threatening black students at Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel County. 

SEE: CAIR, Partner Groups Condemn ”˜Kill All Blacks’ Message at Maryland High School

Racist message threatening black students found at Chesapeake High School 

According to a letter sent to families by the school, the message read “Kill All Blacks” on a sign-in sheet for counseling appointments. 

An FBI report released Tuesday reveals that the number of hate crimes in America increased by 17 percent in 2017, making this the third year in a row that hate crimes are on the rise across the nation.

SEE: FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes nationwide in 2017 (CAIR)

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. 

Students, parents and educators are encouraged to familiarize themselves on their rights in institutions of learning, and to contact 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, 410-971-6062

 

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