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CAIR Expresses Concern About Possible ‘White Power’ Signs in DC Firefighter Recruit Photo

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/16/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern about possible “white power†hand signs shown in a photo of Washington, D.C., firefighter recruits.

The photo, apparently taken last year, shows D.C. Fire and EMS recruits using a gesture similar to the “OK” hand sign, which is often used by racists to signal “white power.” Some commentators say the recruits could have been playing the “Circle Game,” which uses the same symbol.

SEE: ‘Racial antics’ | DC Fire recruits seen holding possible ‘white power’ symbol in photo

“Given all the public discussion of this particular hand gesture, those using it should know its racist implications,†said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “This incident raises sufficient concerns to warrant concrete steps to determine the motive of the recruits and to take appropriate remedial actions.â€

Last month, CAIR welcomed the firing of 37 West Virginia government workers who participated in a Nazi salute photograph.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Firing of West Virginia Government Workers in Nazi Salute Photo

Yesterday, CAIR called for a hate crime investigation of hate vandalism targeting a business in Lafayette, La. The owner of Lux Hookah Lounge contacted the Lafayette Police Department after he found the words “Sand N***** Club†on the front of his business.

Video: CAIR Calls for Hate Crime Probe of ‘Sand N*****’ Vandalism Targeting Louisiana Business

CAIR 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.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism

CAIR-Sacramento Valley Condemns Neo-Nazi ‘White Power’ Vandalism Targeting Orangevale Sikh Center

CAIR’s 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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,


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