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CAIR Decries ‘Slap on Wrist’ for New Mexico Officer’s Racist Video, Welcomes New Virginia School Calendar Including Jewish, Hindu and Muslim Holidays

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/13/2020) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried lack of appropriate disciplinary action for a New Mexico officer’s racist video on Tik Tok and welcomed proposed school calendar in Prince William County, Va., that includes days off for Jewish, Hindu and Muslim holidays.   

In Albuquerque, N.M., a police officer at the University of New Mexico in was placed on paid administrative leave for two weeks while an internal investigation was conducted. Eric Peer allegedly posted a TikTok video featuring a South Park voiceover that said, “scanning for Mexicans.” Peer reportedly received a written warning for a violation separate from the video.  

SEE: UNMPD officer receives written warning for racist video

In Prince William County, Va., school officials have included Jewish, Hindu and Muslim holidays to the 2021-22 school calendar and asking for parent input. The proposed version of the school calendar would add the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur, the Hindu Festival of Lights— Diwali, and the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. 

SEE: Proposed Prince William school calendar includes Jewish, Hindu, Muslim holidays

“All Americans must rise to challenge racism and applaud inclusion for people of all backgrounds if we are to heal and grow as a just nation,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.  

CAIR recently expressed support for a proposed amendment on the November ballot to remove racist language from the Alabama constitution.   

SEE: CAIR Supports Proposed Amendment to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution   

CAIR Supports Proposed Amendment to Remove Racist Language from Alabama’s Constitution 

The American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.    

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at Unveiling of Black Lives Matter Banner

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 Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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