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CAIR Condemns Maryland Students’ Racist Halloween Costumes

(BALTIMORE, MD, 10/30/17) — The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned reports of Maryland students dressing in racist Halloween costumes and body-writing and posting images of the hate-filled attire on social media.

SEE: Photos of Baltimore private school students’ racially offensive Halloween costumes create stir online

In one image, two teens — who are reportedly students and recent grads of Roland Park Country School, Gilman School, Boy’s Latin School of Maryland, and St. Paul’s School — are dressed in what appear to be orange jumpsuits, and flash hand signals with a caption “n***** broke out” [of jail].

In another image, a male is seen posing in what also appears to be an orange jumpsuit with “Freddie Gray” emblazoned across the back, and a caption that reads: “ur going to jail tonight.”

In a third image, a Nazi swastika, a racial slur and text referring to Hitler are scrawled across the back of a grinning, topless white male. 

In the joint statement issued earlier today, Gilman school and Roland Park Country School both condemned the incident and said they are investigating what happened.

“Each year at this time of year, we see racist and inappropriate Halloween costumes that use racist tropes and perpetuate culturally-insensitive stereotypes,” said CAIR Maryland Spokesperson Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “These latest examples are symptomatic of a polarized political climate that emboldens hate in America. They do not belong in an enlightened society.”

In the past, CAIR has called on retailers to remove racist Halloween costumes from its inventory.

SEE: CAIR Joins ADC in Urging Retailers to Discontinue Racist Halloween Costume Sales

Lately, CAIR has responded to a string of racist incidents occurring in Maryland localities, including calling on school officials to develop a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for racism after students at a high school in Harford County wore shirts with a letter emblazoned on them that spelled out the derogatory “n” word.

SEE: 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

CAIR also recently condemned racist flyers promoting white supremacy and anti-Semitism in Montgomery County.

SEE:  CAIR Condemns Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Distributed in Maryland

Fliers Promoting White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism Appear in Montgomery County

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.       

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,


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