(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/20/2018) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the second hate incident in as many months where a noose has been discovered hanging at a Maryland middle school.
SEE: Another Noose Found At Chesapeake Bay Middle School
In the latest incident, a noose made from a sweatshirt drawstring was found hanging in Chesapeake Bay Middle School despite strengthened Maryland laws that would criminalize such racially motivated acts of hate.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Maryland Lawmakers’ Move to Strengthen State’s Hate Crime Laws
“This hate-motivated incident occurred despite Maryland’s strengthened laws that are meant to serve as a deterrent to such hate crimes,” said CAIR’s Maryland Outreach Director Zainab Chaudry. “The persistence of these bias-motivated acts are a reflection of the emboldening of bigotry nationwide and should not be tolerated.”
Chaudry noted that systemic racism affects American Muslims on multiple levels as up to one-third of American Muslims exist at the intersection of anti-Black racism and Islamophobia.
CAIR is committed to ensuring safe learning environments that promote tolerance and nurture growth for all students. Earlier this year, the civil rights organization supported a resolution drafted by the Caucus of African American Leaders calling on Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) to take immediate action after a series of disturbing, bias-motivated incidents targeting African-American students in the county’s school system, including:
1) An AP class essay written by a student suggesting extermination of the Black race
2) A racist petition circulated by “Kool Kids Klan” – a thinly veiled reference to the KKK
3) Swastikas and racial slurs discovered on school property
4) Nooses hung on school property
The civil rights organization will be attending the Henry Davis Lynching Remembrance event, to be held tomorrow in Annapolis.
SEE: Henry Davis Lynching Remembrance: A Path to Reconciliation
The group has reached out to the school system to offer assistance with trainings to promote civility, tolerance, and inclusivity.
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.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org