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CAIR Condemns Racist Slurs Discovered on Md. High School Football Field, Urges Police to Investigate as Hate Crime

(BALTIMORE, MD, 8/10/20) – The Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned racist slurs discovered on the football field of a Maryland high school in Southern Maryland and urged local police to investigate the incident as a hate crime.  

The expletives burnt into the grass read “F*** N****” and “N****** suck,” and were discovered on the grounds of Calvert High School, which is part of the Calvert County Public School System in Prince Frederick, Md. The Calvert County Sheriff’s office announced that they are now “investigating all avenues of this crime.”  

SEE: Police Investigate Racist Graffiti at Calvert High School Football Field 

https://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0820/police-investigating-racist-graffiti-at-calvert-high-school-football-field.html

Racist Words Burned Into the Ground on the Calvert High School Field 

https://www.southernmarylandchronicle.com/2020/08/10/racist-words-spray-painted-onto-calvert-high-school-field-5/

“This appalling incident is yet another reminder of the need to consistently challenge racism, especially within our educational systems where every student deserves a safe and inclusive learning environment,” said CAIR’s Director in Maryland Zainab Chaudry. “We urge law enforcement officials to investigate this incident as a hate crime and school officials to provide support to students and faculty.” 

Yesterday, the civil rights organization denounced attacks against the superintendent of a different Maryland public school system who came under fire for expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

SEE: CAIR Expresses Solidarity with Md. School Superintendent Under Fire for Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement 

A group called the Calvert County Peaceful Resistance in Southern Maryland (Prism) shared a post with the pictures of the field included. Part of the caption read: “This graphic language at Calvert High School deserves our attention. A 15-year-old Black young man came across this as he came to school to practice..is this what you want the county you live in to stand for?” The responses to this post overwhelmingly conveyed outrage and disappointment over the incident.  

Former President of the Maryland Senate Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr released this statement this morning: 

“Over the weekend, racist graffiti was painted onto the Calvert High School field. The actions of the perpetrators do not represent our community and I wholeheartedly condemn this heinous act, and call on all elected officials and community leaders to join together in this condemnation. I am calling on local and state law enforcement officials to use every resource at their disposal to bring those responsible to justice and to provide that these individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Racism has no place in our community and we must continue to fight to ensure that it is never accepted.” 

Anyone with details regarding the incident has been asked to contact Detective D. Naughton at dean.naughton@calvertcountymd.gov 

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 Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com410-971-6062; CAIR Media and Public Relations Intern Yasmeen Elkoshairi, mdintern@cair.com, 240-708-0061 

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