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CAIR Condemns Racist Incidents in Vermont, Nevada

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/04/2020) –The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned incidents of racist vandalism in Vermont and Nevada.   

CAIR condemned racist graffiti on a road in Jamaica, Vt. Police say three men sprayed the words “White is Right” and “BLDM” which stands for “Black Lives Don’t Matter,” a racist twist on Black Lives Matter.” 

SEE: Police investigate racist graffiti in Jamaica, Vt.  

https://www.wcax.com/2020/08/04/police-investigate-racist-graffiti-in-jamaica-vt/

CAIR also condemned a vandalism on a bike path in Clark County Las Vegas, Nev. A path, signs and nearby walls were spray-painted with racist phrases including “white power” and “white lives matter.”  

SEE: Police investigate vandalism on south Las Vegas bike path covered in racist phrases  

https://www.ktnv.com/news/crime/police-investigate-vandalism-on-south-las-vegas-bike-path-covered-in-racist-phrases

In a statement, CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:     

“These types of hateful displays demonstrate how deep systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy are entrenched in our nation and remind us why we – as a society – must stand against this systemic racism.”   

She said CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president. 

Earlier today, CAIR joined calls for the resignation of a Virginia mayor who posted a racist and sexist comment online that “Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick.” 

SEE: CAIR Joins Call for Resignation of Virginia Mayor Over Racist, Sexist ‘Aunt Jemima’ as Biden VP Pick Post 

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   

https://youtu.be/-JqzmtVqORc

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 Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com 

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