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CAIR-LA Applauds Santa Margarita Catholic High School for Expelling a Student for Posting a Racist Video to Social Media

(LOS ANGELES, CA – 12/12/2019) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today welcomed the decision by Santa Margarita Catholic High School to expel a student for posting a racist video to the social media app Snapchat.

According to KCAL/9, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, the student posted a three-second video of an African American family taking a tour of the private school, located in Rancho Santa Margarita. The student captioned the video with the words “Stupid Cotton Pickers,” in reference to enslaved Africans being forced to pick cotton on plantations.

The school acted swiftly, expelling the student the next day, due to what the Diocese of Orange said was a “clear contradiction to the views and values of Santa Margarita Catholic High School.”

WATCH: Student Expelled From Orange County Catholic School After Sharing Racist Video

In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:

“We applaud Santa Margarita Catholic High School and the Diocese of Orange for responding to this incident of bigotry quickly and decisively. It is unfortunate to see young adults emulate hatred that passed down from older generations.

“We stand in solidarity with the African American community and all other targeted minorities against the continuing trend of the normalization of hatred. This normalization has found its way into our schools and places of worship and has emboldened bigots in their speech as well as their actions. We must continue to stand in solidarity with and defend our fellow community members by emphasizing that xenophobia and bigotry in any forms are unacceptable.”

The diocese said it would be talking about the incident at the school and encouraged parents to talk with their children about the video and the message conveyed.

Ayloush urged community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR-LA’s Civil Rights Department at 714-776-1177 or by filing a report at:

CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.


CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or


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