(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/2/2020) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for an independent probe of a Nazi Symbol used in a law enforcement training video.
The online training used by the Department of Criminal Justice Training includes a Nazi symbol in a clip from an anti-Semitic video produced by a neo-Nazi media company. The clip reportedly included a “Black Sun” Nazi symbol which was a symbol appropriated by Nazis, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
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In Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order on Tuesday declaring racism a public health crisis.
The executive order outlines a plan to advance racial equity for Black residents of the city by focusing on seven key areas: public safety; children and families; Black employment; Black wealth; housing and neighborhood investment; health; and voting.
SEE: Louisville mayor signs executive order declaring racism a public health crisis
In a statement, CAIR Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad said:
“CAIR-Kentucky applauds the steps Mayor Greg Fischer has taken in response to the call by Black citizens of Louisville to address racial inequity in his city. We call on all local governments throughout Kentucky to do the same and more.
“If we truly seek to solve the historic and systematic issues of social inequity in our state and throughout America we have to be willing to address past mistakes and the effects that they have had on the lives of African-Americans.
“We must all be willing to acknowledge the lingering effects of a policing system that was designed—not to serve—but rather, to control Black people.
“Our government officials and our police chiefs must be willing to acknowledge mistakes and to take positive and transparent steps towards building the trust and respect of the Black communities they are supposed to serve. “
She noted that last week, CAIR-KY called on law enforcement authorities to investigate packets of racist neo-Nazi, white supremacist propaganda material left outside a Muslim family’s home in Lexington, Ky., and in August, CAIR-KY joined local Christian and Jewish organizations in condemning flyers with neo-Nazi language circulated in Central Kentucky.
SEE: BREAKING NEWS: CAIR-Kentucky Calls for Probe of Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist Materials Left Outside Muslim Family’s Home
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She said Washington-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 Kentucky Chair Waheedah Muhammad, (859) 545-0651, wMuhammad@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org