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CAIR Condemns Racist Vandalism in Virginia and Rhode Island

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/20/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned incidents of racist vandalism in Leesburg, Va. and Smithfield, R.I. 

In Virginia, Leesburg police discovered an act of vandalism near Frederick Douglass Elementary School. The graffiti featured white nationalist messages and was found the same weekend as white supremacist flyers were circulated in the neighborhood. The elementary school is named after the Abolitionist Frederick Douglass. 

SEE: Vandals Paint White Supremacist Message Near Frederick Douglass Elementary

In Rhode Island, racist graffiti was found on the Stillwater Scenic Trail. Some residents are concerned with the city’s slow response, specifically that elected officials have yet to publicly condemn it.  

SEE: Racist Graffiti in Smithfield Prompts Resident Concerns

“The continued targeting of Black and minority communities, and the promotion of white supremacy and racism, must end,” said CAIR National Communications Manager Ayan Ajeen. “Local, state and national leaders must speak out forcefully against growing bigotry nationwide.”

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

SEE: CAIR Condemns Distribution of Pro-Trump White Supremacist, Neo-Nazi Propaganda in Virginia

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its 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.     


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,     

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