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CAIR-Minnesota Condemns Racist Depiction of Duluth Mayor, City Council Members

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 7/1/20) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today condemned the racist image depicting Duluth Mayor and City Council members circulated on social media. 

CAIR-MN condemned the use of Native American stereotypes and called for “appropriate” action to be taken. 

The racist depiction targets Duluth Mayor Emily Larson as well as several other City Council members. The post followed the Mayor’s proposal to remove the word “chief” from a couple city job titles. City Councilor Renee Van Nett, the sole Native American council member says despite the negativity of the image, the community demonstrated great resiliency.

SEE: Councilor responds with “gratitude” to racist depiction of Duluth city leaders

“We denounce this racist, hate-filled stereotyping targeting Native Americans and stand in solidarity with Councilor Renee Van Nett and with the Native American community. This showcase of hate led by bigots is why we must continue to show up and dismantle hate in Duluth, across the state of Minnesota and nationwide,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein.

The Washington-based civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070jhussein@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726ihooper@cair.com

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