(KANSAS CITY, KS, 8/12/2020) – The Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kansas), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned a racist letter circulated in a neighborhood in Kansas City.
The letter expresses negative stereotypes about Black people, Hispanic people and Muslims and associates them with negative activity. It also states that they do not belong in the neighborhood living among “white people.”
The letter reads, “What makes you so sure you’re going to be glad with your new neighbors?.. . .Do you think Blacks make good neighbors? Have you ever had a Black neighbor?”, and “A house taken up by a non-white in a white neighborhood is a lost opportunity to a white family more appropriately placed. . .And there are many white lives in this neighborhood who matter.”
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In a statement, CAIR-Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy said:
“We condemn this bigoted attempt to intimidate and spread hate. We urge community members who receive any hateful messages or letters such as this to contact CAIR-Kansas and the police so officers can file a report documenting that it happened in case the matter escalates in the future.”
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.
CONTACT: CAIR Kansas Board Chair Moussa Elbayoumy, email@example.com, 785-318-6323; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org