(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 11/16/07) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today voices concern over recent incidences of bigotry against African-American and American Muslim students and staff at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Early this week, a male student found four nooses hanging from cabinets in a classroom.
Approximately two weeks ago, anti-Muslim literature was distributed to seven Muslim staff members and faculty, who teach Islamic studies courses stating that “all Muslims are terrorists.”
SEE: Discovery of nooses sparks anger at CMU (Detroit News)
SEE: Harassing fliers distributed throughout Anspach Hall (CM-Life)
“We are highly disturbed by recent displays of intolerance against students and staff at Central Michigan University,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “We call upon law enforcement agencies to conduct thorough investigations into these acts of bigotry as well as encourage university officials to facilitate forums, which will address the diseases of racism and Islamophobia.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, or email@example.com