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CAIR-Kentucky Condemns Racist KKK Threat Placed in Middle School Child’s Backpack

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/10/2021) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-KY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemn the placement of a threatening racist drawing placed in the backpack of a middle school child in Whitley County, Ky.

According to the child’s mother, the hand drawing of two people hanging from a noose, three hooded KKK figures and a burning cross was placed in the backpack of her 13-year-old son. The school district confirmed that it is investigating the incident.

SEE: Kentucky mom says someone put racist drawing in her child’s backpack

“We condemn this apparent attempt to intimidate a young student with racist hate and threats of violence,” said CAIR-Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir. “Every student has the right to a safe and welcoming educational environment free of bigotry.”

Shakir noted that last month, CAIR-KY condemned the distribution of white supremacist propaganda containing Nazi swastikas and racist messaging targeting the Black community and the Black Lives Matter movement found on doorsteps in Scott County, Ky.

SEE: CAIR-KY Condemns White Supremacist Propaganda in Scotts County Kentucky

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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