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CAIR Condemns Racist Rant Targeting Walmart Employee in Neb., Welcomes Removal of Monument with Racist Past from UW-Madison Campus 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 8/6/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned a racist rant targeting a Walmart employee in Nebraska and welcomed the removal of a monument with a racist history from the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Three videos posted to TikTok on Tuesday show a man believed to be a former Los Angeles firefighter making racist remarks to an employee at a Walmart in Lincoln, Neb. “When you’re in America you better learn our language,” he told the woman. “It’s not Spain and it’s not Mexico.” When asked by the uploader of the video why he made the remarks, the man said “because they murdered 343 of my fellow firemen. That’s why. September 11th 2001.” The man also referred to himself as a “firefighter for Christ.”  

SEE: Ex-Firefighter in Racist Rant at Walmart Staff Shouts ‘9/11’ and ‘Learn English’

On Friday, crews will remove a large boulder from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The boulder, called Chamberlain Rock in honor of geologist and former university president Thomas Carter Chamberlain, has a controversial history. It was once referred to as n—–head rock in a State Journal headline from 1925, a time university historians say the Ku Klux Klan was active on the campus.  

SEE: ‘Symbol of ongoing harm’: UW committee votes in favor of removing Chamberlin Rock

“The negative impact of systemic anti-Black racism and white supremacy continues to be felt across all segments of our society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We condemn all acts of bigotry and welcome all measures designed to challenge hate and erase the sad legacy of white supremacy.”  

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry. 

SEE: CAIR Joins Call for Removal of Confederate Statue in Cornelius, N.C., Supports Iowa City Indigenous Land Acknowledgement 

CAIR Calls for Resignation or Removal of Wisconsin County Supervisor Who Spreads Conspiracy Theories, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Online  

CAIR-Missouri Says Governor’s Pardon of Couple Who Pointed Weapons at Peaceful BLM Protesters Encourages ‘Vigilante Action’  

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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