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CAIR Condemns Racist Letter Sent to Residents in Wisconsin in Response to Yard Signs

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemns a racist letter that was sent to residents of Wauwatosa, Wis. after a yard sign was misinterpreted to have a racial message.   

The yard sign reads, “For Sale Unless Politicians Keep Tosa Safe (Paid for by Tosa Taxpayers fed up with Mayor and City Council).” The letter, addressed to ‘White Wauwatosa Resident’ referencing the yard sign said, “We Whites must stand together, we must keep Wauwatosa free from Blacks and their lack of morels [sic]” and mentioned a need to keep Wauwatosa “white” and “safe.” The letter is signed by someone named a member of “Whites for Wauwatosa.” 

SEE: Racist letter sent to Wauwatosa residents in response to yard signs

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:     

“We condemn this racist letter that associates disorder in communities with Black residents. We must make it clear that this disturbing racist and white supremacist ideology is not welcome in Wisconsin or anywhere.”    

Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.  

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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.    


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

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