(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/19/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist flyers distributed in Iowa calling for white people to practice “racial distancing” to avoid contracting COVID-19.
The flyer was reportedly found Thursday in parts of eastern Iowa, including Davenport and Bettendorf. The message was attached to a Washington Post article, bringing attention to the disproportionate infection and death rates of COVID-19 among African-Americans, and it encourages white people to practice racial and social distancing to help avoid contracting COVID-19.
SEE: Racist flyers popping up in the Quad Cities
CAIR also welcomed hate crime charges brought against a man arrested for KKK vandalism in Waterloo, Iowa, earlier this month. After video evidence emerged, police arrested a man in connection to a vandalism of a car that was marked with the letters “KKK” in Waterloo on June 5. The car belonged to a black woman.
SEE: Illinois man charged with hate crime for Iowa ‘KKK’ vandalism
“These racist incidents are an indication of the work all Americans must do to push back against rising bigotry and to challenge systemic racism,” said CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen.
She noted that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-black racism.
Earlier today, CAIR marked Juneteenth with the re-release of a short film, “In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey.”
SEE: CAIR Marks Juneteenth with Live Screening, Q&A on Short Film Exploring American Muslims’ Reflections on Racial Injustice
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 National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com