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CAIR-MO Condemns Effort in Missouri Legislature to Ban Anti-Racism Teaching

(MISSOURI, 4/30/2021) – The Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned efforts in the Missouri House that seeks to ban a book that discusses slavery in American history in schools. 

Republican lawmakers in the Missouri House are seeking to ban the Pulitzer prize winning book “1619” from schools. They recently introduced Bill 1141 seeks to curb teaching of critical race theory in public schools.  

SEE:Missouri Republicans embrace racism and censorship in trying to ban the 1619 Project 

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-missouri-republicans-embrace-racism-and-censorship-in-trying-to-ban-the-1619-project/article_436f824d-d6be-5917-82f6-35e241a9973c.html

According to the American Bar Association, “CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.” 

SEE: A Lesson on Critical Race Theory 

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/civil-rights-reimagining-policing/a-lesson-on-critical-race-theory

“Educators must be allowed to inform children about our nation’s sad legacy of racism, white supremacy and slavery if they are to take part in the movement to make a more just and inclusive society,” said Marwan Hameed, associate executive director of CAIR-MO. 

He said the American Muslim community and CAIR are standing in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.    

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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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