(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned both a vandalism defacing a “Love Unites Us” mural in Fayetteville, Ark., and racist social media comments by Arkansas Republican House candidate John S. La Tour.
The “Love Unites Us” mural was defaced and painted over to read, “Love Weakens Us.” A white supremacist slogan was also painted on the building. Earlier this year, the building was vandalized with white pride graffiti.
SEE: Fayetteville police investigating mural vandalism
CAIR also condemned a racist Facebook post by Arkansas Republican House candidate John S. La Tour regarding Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The post read, “Antifa and BLM are now saying they are coming to the country. I wonder what the bag limit is, and where I can purchase a riot-idiot hunting license.”
SEE: Arkansas political candidate deletes social post regarding Black Lives Matter/Antifa
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“We must acknowledge this type of language for what it is: a display of racism and white supremacy. We condemn this bigotry and stand strongly against all forms of anti-Black racism.”
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.