(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/5/18) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Brad Anderson, former Best Buy CEO and current MPR and General Mills board member to resign from those posts due to his financial support for a hate group that produced anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim advertisements that targeted voters in swing states prior to the 2016 election.
It has been reported, that Brad Anderson, the former CEO of Best Buy and Olympus Ventures LLC, which is tied to a foundation created by Dick Schulze, the founder of Best Buy are implicated in spending up to $60,000 in video ads titled “Welcome to the Islamic States of America,” which featured the “Hollywood” sign replaced with the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and the Statue of Liberty wearing a burka. In the video, St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan is shown with an Islamic star and crescent and Sports Illustrated magazine becomes “Sharia Law Illustrated.”
“Today we have learned that our own Brad Anderson financed the worst anti-Muslim/anti-Immigrant bigoted political ad that aimed to sway voters” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “We call on him to do the right thing and resign immediately from all corporate and institutional boards including but not limited to MPR and General Mills.”
Hussein added we are concerned over companies like Facebook and Google who are actively and purposefully profiting from bigotry and hate. These types of hate ads and videos threaten the lives of our community members and drive discord in our nation.
CAIR said it has witnessed an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president. The Washington-based civil rights organization has also repeatedly expressed concern about Islamophobic and racist Trump administration policies and appointments.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 612-206-3360.
CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.
For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app
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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.