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CAIR Condemns Virginia School Banner Singling Out Minority Students

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a banner for Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., honoring 2020 graduates in which the faces of minority students were used as dark shading for an outline of the school logo.

SEE: Racist High School Banner Separates Students of Color

Virginia High School Principal Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Class Banner

Yorktown Principal Apologizes for Banner Seen as Racist

An Arlington Public Schools representative said the banner was generated by software that creates composite images grouped to correspond with colors in the background. The school’s principal apologized for the banner.

“Given the current racially-charged atmosphere stoked by top national figures — and the current health crisis — it is critical that actions are taken to ensure that these types of ‘mishaps’ do not occur,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He noted that has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, CAIR welcomed the firing of a Louisiana police officer after he posted racist Facebook comments about COVID-19 and African-Americans.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of Louisiana Officer Over Racist COVID-19 Comments

CAIR recently launched an online information portal offering vital information on the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on American Muslims and the entire society.


Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.


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 Department Director Robert S. McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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