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CAIR Condemns Racist Messages Targeting Students in Indiana, Welcomes Resignation of Arkansas County Sheriff After Racist Rant, Calls for Resignation of Virginia School Board Chairman After Racist Social Media Comments

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/31/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned racist messages targeting high school students in Carmel, Ind., welcomed resignation of a Arkansas County sheriff after racist rant and called for resignation of Virginia School Board Chairman after racist social media comments.  

A local group in Carmel, Ind., is demanding Carmel High School stand up against racism after racist videos and messages were sent on social media targeting students of color. One message said a student should be lynched and enslaved.  

SEE: Carmel students say they face racism as group pushes for change  

CAIR welcomed the resignation of Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright after a five-minute audio recording of him allegedly engaging in a racist rant circulated on Facebook. His resignation came at the request of the county’s Quorum Court after a recording shows a man, identified as Sheriff Wright, use a racial slur nine times when becoming upset that a woman he was with spoke to a Black man in a grocery store.  

SEE: Arkansas sheriff resigns after he’s heard in audio berating woman for talking to a Black man

CAIR called for the resignation of Bristol, Va. School Board Chairman Steve Fletcher after racist social media comments.  

Fletcher commented on a post addressing racism in America: “trash,” “disgusting,” and “What a stupid and oblivious caption you would post! Is this spam of some type? You need to be let out to pasture.”  

SEE: Board chair denies racism accusation

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

“In this time of extreme polarization and division, every American must reject the systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy that inevitably leads to hatred and violence.” 

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.        

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of Md. Official Who Praised Kenosha Vigilante, Urges Review of Codes of Conduct 
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.          


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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