(CANTON, MI, 8/31/20) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today expressed concerned over a recent Islamophobic social media post by a state candidate in Northern Michigan that linked the wearing of face masks to subjugation.
On August 29, Republican Mitch Swoboda, who is running to represent the 37th district of Michigan, shared an Islamophobic meme on Facebook equating the wearing of face masks to protect persons from COVID-19 infection with the false trope that women lack rights of personal choice within Islam.
The meme states, “That’s why they [Arabs] imposed on every woman the mandatory use of a fabric over her face. Then Islam turned it into the woman’s symbol of submission to Allah, the man owner of the Harem, and the King.”
“We are extremely concerned that during the global pandemic of COVID-19, in which our nation has suffered the greatest amount of deaths, that Mr. Swoboda is sharing Islamophobic information about Muslims to make a political statement against wearing face masks,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “During this election year, in which people of color continue to be subjected to hate crimes, we expect candidates running to represent their constituents — including American Muslims — to refrain from propagating messages and sharing memes that lead to more division and potential violence in our society.”
CAIR is America’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.
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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com