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CAIR Condemns ‘White Power’ Vandalism of Ancient Native American Art in Utah, Bill to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching in Idaho

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned racist vandalism of Native American petroglyphs in Utah and a bill to ban anti-racism teaching in Idaho.

In Utah, A tour guide discovered the words “white power” on “The Birthing Scene,” a panel on a slab covered with Native American art. The Utah Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward in the case. The art dates from the Anasazi period almost 2,000 years ago.

SEE: Racist message found on ancient Utah petroglyph

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/racist-message-found-ancient-utah-petroglyph-77353737

In Idaho, a bill that would ban anti-racism teaching based on critical race theory (CRT) in schools is awaiting Gov. Brad Little’s signature. According to the American Bar Association, “CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”

SEE: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory/

SEE: Idaho wants to make it illegal for schools to teach students how to think critically about racism

https://www.businessinsider.com/idaho-wants-make-it-illegal-schools-teach-students-racism-2021-4

“Growing hate targeting minority communities nationwide clearly shows the need for all Americans to push back against white supremacy, and to educate themselves and others about our nation’s systemic racism and how to more forward as a just and inclusive society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

Hooper 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-MN Welcomes Arrest for Anti-Muslim, Racist Graffiti Sprayed on Minnesota Mosque

CAIR-NY Condemns Noose Hanging at Workplace in Long Island

CAIR Condemns North Carolina Confederate Memorial Day Celebration, Racist Graffiti in New Mexico

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.   

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com   

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