(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/1/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the NAACP in calling for the resignation of Brunswick County Commissioner Mike Forte for offensive comments reportedly posted on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement and America since the murder of George Floyd.
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CAIR today also condemned the distribution of racist flyers in neighborhoods in Norfolk, Va. The flyers read, “No ‘N’ words, no Jews, the Mexicans must go too, help us stop race mixing.”
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In addition, CAIR condemned racist graffiti messages found spray-painted throughout the Kirkham Trail tunnel in south Pocatello, Idaho.
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In a statement, CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:
“We need to make it clear that we will not tolerate hate speech in any form or at any level in our society. The messages we should send are those that promote mutual respect and understanding.”
She said CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism and white supremacy. CAIR recently unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner containing the names of hundreds of victims of racist police violence, including George Floyd.
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Ajeen noted that the Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Trump as president.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, aAjeen@cair.com