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CAIR Condemns White Supremacists’ Protest at Tennessee Juneteenth Celebration

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/19/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a protest by a white supremacist group targeting a Juneteenth celebration in Tennessee.

Members of the “White Lives Matter” white nationalist group protested at the second annual Juneteenth celebration in Franklin, Tenn., on Saturday. The protesters wore black balaclava face coverings and held signs with slogans including “Stop White Replacement” referencing a racist conspiracy theory. Police asked both the white supremacists and counter-protesters to leave the area and they complied.

SEE: White nationalist group protests Franklin’s Juneteenth event Saturday

Police: Armed protestors asked to leave Juneteenth celebration

“The growing promotion of white supremacist conspiracy theories nationwide – and the acts of intimidation and even violence stemming from racist hate – must be confronted and challenged by all Americans who value a diverse and inclusive society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

He said CAIR and the American Muslim community stand in solidarity with all those challenging antisemitism, systemic anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry.  

SEE: CAIR Urges Stepped-Up Security for Students in Maryland’s Wicomico County After Video Shows Racist, Violent Statement

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,