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CAIR Condemns Vandalism of Emmett Till Memorial in Mississippi

screenshot www.huffingtonpost.com 2017 06 27 12 53 57(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/27/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the vandalism of a sign in Mississippi honoring the life and death of Emmett Till, the African-American teen who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955. His murder was a watershed event in the Civil Rights Movement.

SEE: Civil Rights Sign Honoring Emmett Till Vandalized in Mississippi

In a statement, CAIR said:

“Unfortunately, we are seeing the gains of the Civil Rights Movement being eroded in a time of increasing bigotry and societal division. We condemn this attack on an important symbol of a life lost to racial hatred and urge all Americans to resist a return to what was a dark period in our nation’s history.”

CAIR has noted an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the November 8 election.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.           

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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