(LOS ANGELES, CA – 3/30/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned flyers promoting racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) ideology found outside dozens of homes in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, Calif.
According to KABC/7, the flyers – placed in plastic bags and weighted with a rock – featured an image of a hooded figure riding a hooded horse, holding a burning cross, and were found outside homes Sunday morning. The flyer was titled “Loyal White knights of the ku klux klan,” with the subtitle “Fighting For The White Race.” The Newport Beach Police Department has initiated an investigation.
Two years ago, a photo taken at a local high school party in Newport Beach showing red plastic cups arranged in the shape of a swastika and students giving what appeared to be a Nazi salute.
In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:
“We strongly condemn the ideology of hatred and intolerance spread by the Ku Klux Klan. The flames of bigotry and intolerance are still burning bright in the hearts of some twisted individuals.
“These flyers show that hatred is continuing to spread through our cities, regardless of affluence or social standing. We will continue to stand up and defend our fellow community members in the face of hatred.”
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: https://bit.ly/2L9Ezsw.
He added that 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-LA is 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or email@example.com