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CAIR Condemns Racist KKK Flyers Distributed in Maryland, Calls on Elected Officials to Repudiate Divisive Ideology

(BALTIMORE, MD, 5/27/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist KKK flyers distributed to residents of a neighborhood in Carroll County, Md., and called on elected officials to denounce the divisive ideology that perpetuates hatred and bigotry against minority communities. 

SEE: KKK flyers distributed in parts of Carroll County, including Westminster, police say

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/news/crime/cc-westminster-kkk-flyers-20200526-kknpvrgsz5hl5fv7xfm3jkklvm-story.html

“Racist, xenophobic incidents fueled by white supremacy are occurring at an alarming rate,” said CAIR’s Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “Our collective safety depends on elected leaders taking a stand against these groups’ unabashed attempts to spread their divisive rhetoric.”

Three versions of the flyers containing white supremacist propaganda messaging were reportedly placed in plastic bags weighed down with birdseed and placed on driveways and front lawns. Instructions on the flyer directed callers to a voicemail message from “the Loyal White Knights of the KKK.”

Similar flyers were circulated in Carroll County in November 2018.

SEE: KKK flyers distributed in Eldersburg neighborhood, Sykesville

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/news/crime/cc-carroll-kkk-fliers-eldersburg-20181119-story.html

The civil rights organization has recently condemned a series of similar recruitment tactics in other parts of the country.

SEE: CAIR Condemns KKK Recruiting in Indiana, Harassment of Asian-American in Wisconsin, Joins Call for Hate Crime Probe in Iowa

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-condemns-kkk-recruiting-in-indiana-harassment-of-asian-american-in-wisconsin-joins-call-for-hate-crime-probe-in-iowa/

CAIR’s 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 Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

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