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CAIR-Kentucky Calls on School District to Take Action After Racist Threats Targeting Black Students

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/17/2021) – The Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today called on Rowan County Schools to take action to combat racism following racist threats targeting Black students.

On Monday, Black students in Rowan County were targeted by a series of racist threats circulated through Snapchat. Rowan County Schools Superintendent John Maxey said that while the district is taking the threats seriously, the sheriff’s office “had no reason to feel anybody was in danger” after they investigated. Parents have expressed concerns about the district’s response and have called for action to be taken to ensure students’ safety. Maxey said that while he doesn’t believe the district has a “wide systemic issue of racism,” they are looking into addressing the “small pockets of racism” that do occur. 

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In a statement, CAIR-Kentucky Board Chair Salah Shakir said:

“Racist threats targeting students of color cannot cannot be written off as ‘small pockets of racism.’ The safety of all students must be of the utmost importance to the school district. We call on them to take concrete action to address this disturbing incident and combat racism in Rowan County schools.”

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

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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-Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir, (859) 545-0651,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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