(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/25/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned white supremacist harassment of West Virginia State Delegate Danielle Walker at a Black Lives Matter demonstration and called for disciplinary action for racist posts by police officer in Baton Rouge, La.
West Virginia State Delegate Danielle Walker was harassed by an “angry mob of White supremacists” at a recent Black Lives Matter demonstration. Walker said she and others were called a racial slur and told to “go back to Africa.”
SEE: W.Va. State Delegate Says She Was Target of Racist Abuse
CAIR also called for disciplinary action regarding a complaint that a Baton Rouge, La., police officer allegedly posted offensive material on a website.
The department received a complaint Monday that an officer was using a fake account while blogging on a website and posting racist, sexist, insulting, and offensive language. Internal affairs have begun an investigation and the officer was placed on leave.
SEE: BRPD officer placed on leave and is accused of making ‘offensive’ posts on website
In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said:
“Unfortunately, racist and white supremacist rhetoric coming from the highest level of our society creates the toxic atmosphere in which these types of hate incidents inevitably occur. This disturbing phenomenon must be addressed by all those who seek an inclusive society.”
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.