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CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Vermont and West Virginia, Calls for Release of Video with North Carolina Officers’ Racist Comments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/28/2020) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist incidents in Vermont and West Virginia. 

In Vermont, a woman reportedly yelled “Black lives don’t f****** matter to me” at a rally in support of law enforcement officials outside of the Vermont State House. The woman also said, “White lives matter. You’ve had everything. Free f****** everything. Blacks have been coddled for years.”   

SEE: White Woman Yells ‘Black Lives Don’t F***ing Matter’ Outside Vermont State House  

https://www.newsweek.com/white-woman-yells-black-lives-dont-fing-matter-outside-vermont-state-house-1520749

CAIR also condemned white supremacist propaganda distributed in Wheeling, W.Va.   

SEE: ‘Really ugly stuff’: City officials speak out about racist propaganda in Wheeling  

Last week, CAIR called for a hate crime probe of a racist vandalism in that state.   

SEE: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Racist Vandalism in West Virginia  

In advance of a hearing on Wednesday, CAIR called for the release of police video of three North Carolina police officers allegedly engaging in a racist conversation.  

SEE: Judge will rule on release of video footage of racist conversations by Wilmington police officers Wednesday  

https://www.wect.com/2020/07/28/judge-will-rule-release-video-footage-racist-conversations-by-wilmington-police-officers-wednesday/

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:   

“It is a sad fact that each new day brings more reports of such racist incidents nationwide. Bigotry will only be brought to an end when all Americans commit themselves to challenge systemic racism and discrimination.” 

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. 

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner 

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.  

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com  

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